Whether you're meeting friends for happy hour, enjoying a few beers at a family barbecue, or just relaxing at the end of a long day with a glass of wine, for most adults, there's nothing wrong with drinking in moderation.
But as you age, you may find yourself thinking more about your heart health, and wondering whether alcohol can be a part of a heart-healthy diet.
Rum and Coke
"Any drink with soda is going to be unhealthy for your heart," says Young. "Considerable research has found a connection between drinking soda and an increase in heart disease and mortality."
"These are made with rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and coconut cream, and not only are they high in sugar but the coconut cream is high in saturated fat," says Young.
Long Island Iced Tea
"They contain a blend of alcohols along with syrup, cola, and sweet and sour mix. The mix of alcohol, sugar, and high-calorie content is unhealthy for the heart."
"Daiquiris are full of calories and sugar, and are often pretty big, making them even more value dense than people realize,"