This article claims that drinking alcoholic beverages helps to increase HDL (i.e. "good cholesterol") levels.
drinking moderate amounts of alcohol have been shown to improve "good" cholesterol levels and have been linked with reduced incidence of heart disease.
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that only moderate amounts of alcohol are consumed. This amounts to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. One drink is equivalent to 5 ounces of wine, a 12-ounce beer, or a 1.5 ounce shot of liquor.
A total of 24 ounces (about 700 ml) of beer a day for a man seems more than a "moderate amount" - perhaps enough to cause addiction.
Is there evidence that drinking that much alcohol reduces the mortality risk due to cholesterol more than it raises it due to the side-effects of drinking?