On the long and oft-destructive list of things you can partake in to blow off steam after a hard day's work -- like ayahuasca, fight clubs, or writing Taco Bell fan fiction -- having a good ol' beer is relatively harmless. And science is here to back this one up.
A new study released by The American Study of Human Genetics (or ass-hug, as I like to call them) revealed that despite heavy drinking -- or smoking of any kind -- being associated with premature aging issues, moderate drinking was actually proven to show positive effects in individuals. The study revolved around observations and calculations of the difference between biological age (how "old" a body scored on a previously validated DNA methylation scale) and chronological age (just, like, time), and then assessing the relationship between tobacco and alcohol use.
"Interestingly, moderate alcohol use – about one to two drinks per day – was correlated with the healthiest aging, while very low and high consumption were linked to accelerated aging," the paper states.
So, basically, if you want to keep those dashing looks and fully functional (and also sometimes dashing) organs, it's best to straddle that healthy medium between not drinking at all, and not tying one on every night -- lest you lose that youthful glow.
Here's a nice, quick mnemonic trick to remember all this: a couple beers, you're in the clear; too much or too little, and you are going to look really shitty and probably die sooner than if you just drank a few beers so lighten up but don't get all sloppy okay dude?