I thought I might add another perspective to this thread. Alcohol consumption is a part of many cultures eating habits.
Being married to a native Italian, I can tell you unequivocally that wine (red or white) is part of the lunch and dinner meal for most Italians, yet the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ways of eating.
On a side note, Jesus turned water to wine at a wedding feast. 8)) LaRue put it nicely–Moderation.
The advise I give is in the form of education and let them make their own decision 🙂
1) Alcohol prevents muscle growth
2) Alcohol dehydrates your body
3) Alcohol inhibits absorption of nutrients
4) Alcohol affects your memory
5) Alcohol makes you gain weight
6) Alcohol can make a good cheat meal
Infrequency and moderation is key with alcohol. Smart moderation is the key, some studies even showed that consuming red wine in moderation, could be good for your heart due to antioxidants such as flavonoids and resveratrol that may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.
This I do share when the occasion presents itself.
The CDC makes this distinction, heavy drinking is more than one drink for woman and 2 for men per day. AICR recommends no more than 2 drinks a day for men and one for woman. Alcohol studies strongly support increased risk for breast, throat, pharnyx, larnyx, esophagus and colorectal cancer with heavy drinking. According to the CDC alcohol is the third leading lifestyle related cause of death.