Enjoying the Present with Added Risk

I really like beer. Like, I really like beer. From light, crisp pilsners to dark, heavy stouts, I love the symphony of flavours, smells, and sensations. The problem is… it contains alcohol. Alcohol isn’t the greatest thing for your body above certain dosages. From everything I’ve read on the current knowledge of safe drinking levels, it seems like under 2 cans of beer per day is what is considered safe for the average person, but who knows. On most days, I indulge in a can of beer or two. Is this safe? I’m not sure. And thus the dilemma: do I abstain completely, knowing that abstinence will cause no risk from alcohol, but perhaps decrease enjoyment in life, or do drink my beer or two a day, enjoying myself with the added risk of potential health issues arising way down the line? Do I value enjoyment in the present with added risk or do I decrease enjoyment but take on no risk? My feelings have sided with the former, but I’m always chewing it over.

Infograph from Adioma.