Where's the Proof?

Why we keep hearing so much about alcohol's supposed health benefits

If there is one health story that journalists love to report, it's the one about the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. You can practically hear the editors chuckling "Ha! Here's a vice that's good for you!" No doubt part of their interest stems from the fact that some writers and editors are known to enjoy a drink or two. For the record, I often have a glass of red wine with dinner. But the truth of the matter is that the research on the health benefits of alcohol generally gets a heck of a lot more play than it deserves....

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