There's a lot that can be said for alcohol. Moderate drinking has been shown to have some pretty significant potential health benefits, most of them cardiovascular in nature. And enjoying a glass of wine or two (again, moderation is key) can be a great way for people to unwind over, say, a leisurely dinner with family or friends.
But as most of us know, there's a much darker side to alcohol consumption. "Throughout the 10,000 or so years that humans have been drinking fermented beverages, they've also been arguing about their merits and demerits," the Harvard School of Public Health says."The debate still simmers today, with a lively back-and-forth over whether alcohol is good for you or bad for you."
It pays for everyone to be as informed as possible about the potential pluses and minuses so that we can bring our best selves to that debate, and make responsible, healthy decisions about what's best for us. And it can be argued that it's particularly important for women to be well-informed, given that alcohol poses specific risks to us. That's why we put together this list of seven things that everyone should know about women and alcohol. Think we left any big ones off? Let us (and your fellow readers) know in the comments below. Cheers, to drinking safely, everyone.