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Is it really that bad to drink alcohol? How does alcohol affect the digestive system?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The question is how much alcohol? Low doses of alcohol (1 standard drink/day in women and elderly, 2 per day in men) causes little or no problems in most people, and may actually increase the good cholesterol (hdl).
Larger doses cause many problems, mostly to our ability to live with others successfully and navigate life's pathways, but also to the heart, liver, GI tract and every other organ.

In brief: Depends

The question is how much alcohol? Low doses of alcohol (1 standard drink/day in women and elderly, 2 per day in men) causes little or no problems in most people, and may actually increase the good cholesterol (hdl).
Larger doses cause many problems, mostly to our ability to live with others successfully and navigate life's pathways, but also to the heart, liver, GI tract and every other organ.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Alcohol affects liver , stomach and pancreas apart from other organs.

In brief: Yes

Alcohol affects liver , stomach and pancreas apart from other organs.
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
up to 2 drinks per day in men may have some benefits, but more causes problems. All of those benefits can be more than equalled with exercise and other more healthy activities.
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