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A 33-year-old member asked:

I'd like to start drinking alcohol for health reasons, but really don't crave it. what to do?

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Dr. Karl Spector
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Then don't: As we continue to figure out what the true health benefits vs risks alcohol has on the human body, I am not currently recommending to my patients who do not drink, that they start drinking. However, if you already drink 1-2 drinks a day, there seems to be good evidence that it is beneficial. Thus, I do not make them stop. But don't start, especially at 33. Too much time to develop an addiction.

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Last updated May 8, 2013

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