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THELIST.COM — Whether it’s a fruity piña colada during a tropical summer vacation, or a glass of Merlot while catching up with girlfriends on a spontaneous Tuesday night, most of us indulge in an alcoholic beverage every now and then. Sure, there are plenty of other ways to chill out in between life’s busy moments — bubble baths, dark chocolate, Netflix marathons — but let’s be real, there’s just something about kicking back with a drink in your hand that exudes major relaxation.
And while enjoying the occasional cocktail is usually not a big deal, as the saying goes, too much of anything can be bad for us — and alcohol is no exception. “Many people don’t realize the subtle impact alcohol could have on their health,” Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH, medical editor at WebMD, told me in an interview. “If you’re suffering from sleep problems, heartburn, or even high blood pressure, consider your alcohol intake. That late night drink or two may be contributing to your symptoms.”