Serena Gordon, HealthDay reporter, details the health benefits and risks of alcohol consumption. Benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can include reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Moderation is typically defined as one drink a day for women and up to two a day for men. Drinking more than this amount increases various health risks, such as high blood pressure, weight gain, kidney and liver problems, and increased risk for certain cancers, asthma, and allergies. Severe alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol poisoning, brain damage, violent behavior, and poor decision making.

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