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A new book makes the case for taking it easy.
Drinking wine is a great idea. Drinking too much wine is a terrible idea.
You've probably learned this lesson on a few different occasions. But all those Saturday mornings you've reached for the Advil you probably didn't think about alcohol consumption over your lifetime: How much is beneficial to your health and how much is harmful? Does it matter if you had some sips here and there before you turned 21? Are your alcohol-related choices related to how often your parents drank while you were growing up?
These questions and dozens more are answered in the new book The Science of Drinking: How Alcohol Affects Your Body and Mind. By no means is this light reading. Author Amita Dasgupta, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, incorporates exhaustive detail into each thoroughly researched chapter. Yet there's no ambiguity: While alcohol has played a role in daily life since the earliest signs of human civilization, few people truly take the time to think about alcohol--and its unique helps and hazards--before raising a glass.
While helpful advice is scattered throughout the text (if you're pulled over by the police and have only consumed one drink, refuse the breathalyzer and request a more-accurate blood test), the message hammered home throughout The Science of Drinking is to live by the rule of moderation. A little bit of wine every day--two glasses for men, one for women--helps a lot. A lot of wine can hurt in myriad ways.
And that seemingly arbitrary law requiring you to be 21 to drink? This book gives countless reasons for waiting out those long 7,665 days before your first sip. Click here to buy The Science of Drinking, and if you have a tried-and-true trick for ensuring you don't overdo it, share it with us here.