But use of alcohol—which is a risk factor for heart problems—is something you can control.
Most adults can drink alcohol in moderation and be fine. That means 1 to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. A drink is 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, or 1 to 1.5 ounces of spirits, depending on the proof.
However, there's more you should know about alcohol and your heart.
Dangers of Excessive Drinking
Drinking too much alcohol causes more than a high. Here are some of the ways alcohol affects your heart: