DEAR DOCTOR K: I enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time. Now I hear it may actually be good for my heart health. How can I enjoy regular drinking without it becoming a harmful habit?
DEAR READER: What you've heard is true. Study after study has shown that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with good health. But -- and it's an important "but" -- alcohol is healthful only if you drink moderately and don't go overboard. A little may be better than none, and also better than more.