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August 19, 2002

Albany - A beer a day may keep the doctor away. Several studies show beer can lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

The taps are flowing at restaurants around Albany. And, this foamy brew may keep you healthy. "I've told my wife for years that beer was good for me," said Jimmy Harbuck with a smile.

It may sound to good to be true, but this is no joke. Several new studies show if taken in moderation, beer can lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia. But before you grab from another frosty mug, remember the key is moderation. That means one glass a day for women and two for men.

Miller Brewing Company says they love to hear about the benefits their popular product, since the industry has been swamp with bad press about binge drinking among young people. But, the company doesn't plan to use this latest information to sell more beer.

"Beer makers leave the distribution of information about health benefits up to the researchers. We always tell our customers to drink responsibly," said Paul Deloach, Miller Brewing Co.

There's a fine line here. Other studies show that if your two beers turn into three, then four, or even more a day you're actually increasing your risk of heart disease and other illness.

Posted at 4:04 by kathryn.murchison@walb.com