A drink a day 'is good for older women's health'

Women who enjoy an alcoholic drink in the evening tend to be healthier as they move into old age, research shows.
This nightcap could be a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a single measure of spirit, PLoS Medicine journal reports. A study of 14,000 women concluded that those who drink in moderation were far more likely to reach 70 in good health than heavier drinkers or abstainers. Spreading consumption over the week is better than saving it for the weekend, the researchers say. Women who drank little and often fared better than occasional drinkers.
Compared with non-drinkers, women in their mid-50s who drank 15-30g of alcohol (one to two drinks) a day had a 28% greater likelihood of achieving what the US researchers call "successful ageing", meaning good general health free of conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease in their 70s and beyond.

Source  - BBC