Icome from a long line of alcoholics; my mother is an advanced stage alcoholic and we have very little of a relationship. I have gone around and around on this issue. I now live in Germany --the beer and Reislings are soooogood!!! I dont gt drunk, but usually have a glass of wine while making dinner. I am VERY careful.
I do know what stress does to the body--major chemical reactions that arent good for anyone. We live in stressful time. If a glass of wine or beer helps to relax you- reduce the adrenaline reactions happening in the body--then its a great medicinal purpose.
I am leaving for Rome in 2 days. Im sure I'll be having some wine.
I would like to say that with my family history , I am very in tune and "rechecking" myself often on this. Living abroad has helped me lighten up-cautiously. I do gt concerned about the increase in breast cancer risks by having more than 1 drink a day--having 2 a day increases your chances by 50%! I stick to 1