Is It Better to Drink a Little Alcohol Than None at All?

Is It Better to Drink a Little Alcohol Than None at All?

Even if alcohol causes cancer and there is no “French paradox,” what about the famous J-shaped curve, where yes, excessive drinking is bad, but light drinkers appear to actually have lower mortality than abstainers?

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How much cancer does alcohol really cause, though? You might have missed the first video of this series Can Alcohol Cause Cancer? (

And what about resveratrol and the French paradox? See The Best Source of Resveratrol ( and What Explains the French Paradox? (

Stay tuned for the finale: Do Any benefits of Alcohol Outweigh the Risks? (

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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