It’s refreshing to see that some state and federal legislators are considering cutting taxes levied on alcoholic beverages. Considering the most recent science on alcohol consumption, it seems only a matter of time until the notion of a “sin tax” on adult beverages becomes a thing of the past. Last week Reuters reported that “study after study has shown that moderate drinking can boost cardiovascular health, and alcohol is thought to protect the heart in part by boosting levels of HDL, the ‘good’ form of cholesterol.” Now authors of a French study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research say that they have “observed in regular drinkers…an effect that might be, in itself, beneficial against cardiovascular diseases.”

By virtue of geography alone, the French study focused on those who drank red wine every day, but there is good news for moderate beer drinkers as well. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that “beer is slowly bubbling to the top as a beverage that…delivers protection against major ailments such as heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and dementia.” University of Texas medical professor Dr. Norman Kaplan told the Journal that beer “may help raise bone density, thus decreasing risk of fractures. And it also could raise by 10% to 20% the so-called ‘good cholesterol’ levels in some people.” Speaking to CBS News, Dr. Kaplan went even further, suggesting that “moderate social drinkers live longer and are generally healthier than abstainers.”