Good news: Alcohol has zero health benefits

I read this with great interest on the NPR app on my phone this morning: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/22/471416356/that-cabernet-might-not-be-good-for-your-health-after-all. 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

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