Q. What is your general recommendation concerning alcohol consumption (i.e. standard drinks per day or week for women and men)?
A. It's difficult to know exactly how much alcohol and in what form is ideal since it varies among individuals, but one or two ounces of wine, or a few ounces of beer a day is more likely to be helpful than harmful. Timing makes a difference, too. If you drink right before bed and that helps you sleep better, the benefits are enhanced. But if you drink right before bed and it disturbs your sleep, then any benefits of the alcohol are reversed by the sleep disturbance. Bottom line, the benefits of such consumption and the amount varies among individuals, by the type of alcohol, ie, beer, wine, liquor, by the amount, and the time of day of consumption. See http://www.raysahelian.com/alcohol.html