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​​Is Any Amount of Alcohol Really Good for Your Health?​​
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​​Is Any Amount of Alcohol Really Good for Your Health?​​

If you enjoy a nightly glass of wine or cocktail, you’d probably lap up headlines like these with glee — “A glass of wine a day lowers your risk for early death,” “Moderate drinkers live longer than those who don’t drink at all,” “Occasional drinkers at lower risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes.” But the health benefits of drinking may not be so cut and dry, and the risks, on the other hand, are hard to ignore. “The risk for most health harms due to alcohol pretty much start from your first drink and rise in a straight line from there,” says Nick Sheron, M.D., a hepatologist and a visiting professor at Kings College London. “But the unexplained reduction in mortality for people who drink a littl...