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Raise a Glass to 2014, Because Moderate Drinking Boosts Your Immune System


Just in time for New Year’s Eve, new research shows that drinking may boost your immune system and help fight off infections.

But hang on — before you gleefully down that bottle of Jack you’re clutching, know that the study is really just talking about drinking in moderation. The Oregon Health & Science University researchers found that those who drank alcohol had a decreased risk of death — along with better overall health and cardiovascular function — compared to those who didn’t imbibe at all.

To conduct the study, the team observed a group of monkeys with immune systems very similar to humans over the course of 14 months. They vaccinated them all against smallpox and then divided them into two groups: those with access to 4 percent ethanol, and those with access only to sugar water. All of the monkeys had access to pure water and food.

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