Drinking in moderation may lower risk for coronary heart disease, mainly among men over age 45 and women over age 55.
However, there are other factors that reduce the risk of heart disease, including a healthy diet, physical activity, avoidance of smoking, and maintenance of a healthy weight.
Alcoholic beverages supply calories but few nutrients.
Alcoholic beverages are harmful when consumed in excess, and some people should not drink at all.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases risk of birth defects.