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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