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Are there any benefits of drinking alcohol?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Weigh carefully

Moderate drinking (2 drinks or less/day for men, and 1 drink or less/day for women) may protect against coronary artery disease and heart attack.
Also this could raise levels of hdl, the "good" cholesterol, and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in coronary arteries. These small amounts could also reduce risk of dementia. Heavy drinking (4+ drinks/day, etc) negates these possible benefits.

In brief: Weigh carefully

Moderate drinking (2 drinks or less/day for men, and 1 drink or less/day for women) may protect against coronary artery disease and heart attack.
Also this could raise levels of hdl, the "good" cholesterol, and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in coronary arteries. These small amounts could also reduce risk of dementia. Heavy drinking (4+ drinks/day, etc) negates these possible benefits.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Pappas is right about the benefits of moderate "doses" of alcohol. Interesting research just reported also suggests that it may lower the risk of osteoporosis, according to researcher Urszula Iwaniec, PhD, associate professor at Oregon State University. But, heed Dr. Pappas's caution about any heavy drinking.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, BUT....

I agree with dr. Pappas.
Light to moderate use may decrease risk for gallstones, heart disease, strokes, heart attack & diabetes (per mayo clinic. However, any alcohol use is a major risk for an alcoholic. Many people exceed light to moderate use and this can lead to a cascade of health problems (including death).

In brief: Yes, BUT....

I agree with dr. Pappas.
Light to moderate use may decrease risk for gallstones, heart disease, strokes, heart attack & diabetes (per mayo clinic. However, any alcohol use is a major risk for an alcoholic. Many people exceed light to moderate use and this can lead to a cascade of health problems (including death).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Alcohol

Effects depend on the amount consumed.
Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings.

In brief: Alcohol

Effects depend on the amount consumed.
Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings.
Dr. Alan Ali
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