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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

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Despite all the hoopla surrounding red wine, researchers at Corvallis’ Oregon State University say regularly drinking any type of alcohol -- whether you crave a frosty mug of beer, an icy rum and coke or a sweet fuzzy navel -- can boost your artery-clearing HDL cholesterol levels by 10 percent, reduce your risk of heart disease, help with memory problems and even improve full-blown Alzheimer’s disease by 40 percent.

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