Regular drinking preserves 'good cholesterol' levels

By Susana Victoria Perez, Buzz60

What if I told you a drink a day can keep the doctor away -- you would reach for a beer, right?

Well, a study suggests that drinking regularly "can slow down decline in good cholesterol."

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According to the DailyMail, a study from Penn State University of 80,000 adults over six years suggests drinking moderate amounts of alcohol on a regular basis can actually help preserve "good cholesterol" levels and drastically cut stroke risk later in life.

RELATED: Stroke risk factors and symptoms

Stroke risk factors and stroke symptoms
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Stroke risk factors and stroke symptoms

Strokes are more common among the elderly, with the chance of stroke nearly doubling each decade after the age of 55. 

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Stroke risk is greater in those whose immediate family members have had a stroke, and a stroke can be a symptom of various hereditary disorders.

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The risk of death from stroke is higher in African-Americans as they also have higher risks of complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. 

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Women are also more likely to die of a stroke, possibly due to factors such as birth control usage and pregnancy complications.

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Strokes are more likely in people who have already suffered a stroke or a heart attack. 

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Southeastern states are also called the "stroke belt" states, as strokes are more common in this area. 

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Alcohol abuse can lead to many problems, including strokes. 

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Speech difficulties are a major symptom of someone who has had or is having a stroke.

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Possibly the most noticeable sign of stroke is the drooping of one side of the face, or face numbness.

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Weakness on one side of the body is another symptom of a stroke. 

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Compared to spirits, beer had a more positive effect.

For the study, moderate drinking meant one or two pints a day for men and one for women.

Researchers presented the results at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, and it could be a total game-changer when it comes to alcohol consumption.

So bottoms up -- responsibly and if you're of-age, of course!

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