Well how does it sound if your doctor prescribed you a glass of beer a day as a means to stay healthy?You would definitely think that the doctor was out of his mind or you would simply be overjoyed that you now have a legitimate reason to have a glass of beer a day. Long have people known both-the ill-effects of excessive alcohol consumption and benefits extended to moderate alcohol consumption.The debate that alcohol is good or bad will continue for opinions will always clash. Some people will argue that indeed intake of alcohol leads to various health problems such as cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, various cancers such as liver,mouth and breast cancers to name a few.But on the positive side the health benefits offered by alcohol are improved cardiovascular function to reduced risk of diabetes and gallstones and even longevity.The presence of a number of minerals,polyphenols and vitamins reported in certain types of beer are found to have profound effects on health. But first it is necessary to define what kind of alcohol and what is the optimum amount that should be consumed to be beneficial and not injurious to health.It is also of importance to determine that this consumption will be safe for which health and age group of people.It is also necessary to determine if alcohol consumption is to be accompanied by certain compromises in the daily diet of people to ensure health benefits. It would be wise to say that too much of anything good is also bad,so moderation is the key.With a healthy lifestyle a drink or two may be acceptable.So raise a toast to good health with a good judgement and analysis of your health.