However, there’s a fine line between the health benefits and negative side effects of alcohol, cautions Dr. Montgomery. In fact, too much alcohol can have the exact opposite effect as the antioxidants.
“It can oxidize your cholesterol, therefore making it more likely to cause plaque buildup in your arteries,” he says. “You can also experience more of that oxidized effect in the liver and kidneys. When you change that balance, that’s when the heavy amounts of alcohol are bad for you.”
While low to moderate alcohol intake can be good for your health, “don’t overdo it,” says Dr. Montgomery. “And if you have any questions at all, ask your doctor.”
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