If you want a beer but feel a little guilty about indulging, just go for it and tell yourself that you are investing in your health.
It might be true, anyway. And that's good enough for us.
A study from Pennsylvania State University researchers, released on Nov. 13, concluded that drinking alcohol daily in moderation might actually be good for you, according to an American Heart Association post on EurekAlert!
Out of 80,000 healthy Chinese adults who were studied, those who drank moderately for more than six years had the best levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol, compared to nondrinkers and heavy drinkers, whose HDL levels declined at higher rates than the moderate drinkers.
What does moderate drinking mean? For most people, that comes out to something like one serving each day for women and two for men, as measured by the study.
There weren't enough wine drinkers to monitor the effects of adult grape juice on HDL, but researchers did find that beer was even better for your HDL levels than hard liquor, so if you are a fan of a nice malty brew, you might as well celebrate the good news by cracking open a cold one.
Unfortunately, the study was inconclusive, and more research needs to be done to say for sure whether or not beer and other booze is actually healthy, though it makes sense that a pint of the vitamin-rich drink every now and again won't hurt you too much.
"The American Heart Association recommends consuming alcohol in moderation if you already drink but cautions people to not start drinking and consult your doctor on your risks and benefits of consuming alcohol in moderation," the study advised.
A bottle of your favorite lager or IPA might even be around as healthy for you as a glass of milk. We are still not totally sure if PETA's claims that beer is healthier for you than a glass of milk are true or not, but hey, we'll run with this one.
We'll be back later -- we're off to do some "research."