Good news: Alcohol has zero health benefits

I read this with great interest on the NPR app on my phone this morning: I’m a pretty big fan of empirical research, so if well-designed scientific studies show that there is or is not a health benefit or damage associated with some substance, I’ll listen. [Insert long-winded complaint about too many study designs and not-always-stellar science reporting.] And, if those conclusions are that alcohol has some health benefit, well, okay.

But for the sake of not triggering that clever addict inside a few million of us, it sure would be nice if there were no medical rationale[ization] Continue reading