For this kind of casual imbibing, the story is a bit different.
But, critically, recent research suggests even a little alcohol can negatively impact the body in unexpected ways.
“There was some evidence of a graded increase with heavier usage, meaning that the more you drink, the greater the increase in arterial stiffness.”
This study defined moderate intake as having seven to 13 drinks per week. These moderate drinkers were 53 percent more likely to have stage 1 hypertension than their non-drinking peers, and twice as likely to have stage 2.
It’s actually unstable drinking patterns — like drinking one glass of wine every night for years and then quitting cold turkey then drinking every night again — that can seemingly raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.
This sentiment was echoed by scientists after the publication of a 2018 report in the research journal The Lancet.
It suggests even 1 drink per day is associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality.
“Each individual can decide what they think that acceptable risk is, but there’s no free lunch, or free drink, so to speak.”