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Tippling Can Be Healthful

December 21, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A health writer who took a close look at scientific studies on the pros and cons of alcohol consumption reports that moderate consumption is generally beneficial. Studies show, for example, that tippling cuts the mortality rate from both coronary heart disease and “all causes,” but heavy drinking increases the mortality rate overall. Alcohol affects specific diseases differently. The major benefits are in cardiovascular illnesses. Increased alcohol consumption was linked to a greater risk of breast and colorectal cancer, but not bladder or ovarian cancer. Other studies have found that tipplers had better cognitive function in middle age and a reduced risk of diabetes.
Aaron E. Carroll, "Drink to Your Health (in Moderation), the Science Says", The New York Times, December 21, 2015, © The New York Times Company
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