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Raise a glass to your health! There may be benefits to light drinking

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Encouraging findings for those who enjoy a daily cocktail or glass of wine.

A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows light-to-moderate alcohol use is associated with a reduced risk of death compared with no alcohol consumption at all.

In the study, men who drank 14 or fewer drinks per week and women who enjoyed seven or fewer, were about 20 percent less likely to die from any cause. That's compared to those who have never consumed alcohol.

The light-to-moderate drinkers were 25 to 30 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. The positive effects were more pronounced in women, those who are white, middle-aged and older people and non-smokers.

On the other hand, people who binge drank at least once a week—five or more drinks in one day—were at increased risk of dying, especially from cancer.