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Women who drink alcohol daily stay healthy

A new study says middle-aged women who have a drink a day are more likely to stay healthy than those who don't drink.

September 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Middle-aged women who have a drink a day are more likely to stay healthy than those who don't drink.

That's according to a new study from researchers at Harvard University.

They found that women in their late 50's who averaged about three to 15 alcoholic drinks per week had nearly 30 percent higher odds of being free from chronic illness and mental health problems at age 70.

Researchers say the key is spreading out alcohol consumption throughout the week.

The study was published in the journal PLoS Medicine.