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No, moderate drinking isn't good for your health

By Marlene Cimons

31 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Many believe that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can be good for you. The Post reports on a sweeping new analysis which found that the more you drink, the higher the risk of an early death.

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol every day does not - as once thought - protect against death from heart disease, nor does it contribute to a longer life, according to a sweeping new analysis of alcohol research.

The review, which examined existing research on the health and drinking habits of nearly 5 million people, is one of the largest studies to debunk the widely held belief that moderate drinking of wine or other alcoholic beverages is good for you. Last year, researchers in Britain examined genetic and medical data of nearly 400,000 people and concluded that even low alcohol intake was associated with increased risk of disease.

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