Do Any Benefits of Alcohol Outweigh the Risks?

What would happen if you effectively randomized people at birth to drink more or less alcohol their whole lives? Would they get more or less heart disease?


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  • I watched your programs on microbiome. That got me to do more research: much the biome is not only in gut, but also oral. Your alcohol show made me think of this: Does alcohol, which I would assume kills bacteria: Does drinking alcohol, or even using mouth wash (which as alcohol) affect the oral microbiome and hurt our good microbes.

  • You told me chocolate causes acne, I haven't had chocolate in 3 weeks. Tell me this… and I go get a glass of wine. I guess if my vanity isn't tied to it, I'm weak.

  • I didn't understand the part where a person with increased alcohol —> acetaldehyde metabolism enzyme or lower acetaldehyde —> CO2+water enzyme is said to have higher cardiovascular risk but is found to have lower risk… What's the meaning of this? Why is this so?

  • They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, "In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit." And they ask you what they should spend. Say, "The excess [beyond needs]." Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought.

    Quran 2:219

  • Lifestyle interventions have no abuse potential???????????
    Don't be ridiculous.
    I love this channel but I know dozens of people abusing fitness and diet. You may say they are not 'doing it properly' if they are abusing it but the potential is still there.
    There is no 'thing' or activity that can't potentially be abused by someone with a personality that tends towards addiction.
    I don't drink booze at all, even a small beer affects my training and sleep for a minimum of three days, so I waved it goodbye.
    We need to be realistic in what we are saying, especially when it comes to things that lots of people regularly enjoy.
    To state, directly, that the interventions 'have no abuse potential' is just bad writing and bad over-reaching science.
    How are you to get people to trust you when something like this slips through?

  • If you add up all the problems that alcohol causes at least for some people=driving under the influence/makes many young guys promiscuous=leads to spreading STD's and unwanted pregnancies just for starters!

  • Alcohol saved my life! Google "alcohol + inflammation" I had 30+ years of pain and i avoided alcohol thinking it was bad. Had my will ready, and since i expected to die soon, what the heck i tried 2 ounces of wine a day. That was 4 years ago, and all my chronic pains are gone! For example, I had tennis elbow for 13 years, no more chronic pain! I still get pain if i overdo it, but it always goes away in a day or two. Now i take 4/10 ounce of 80 proof vodka once a day. a bottle lasts 4 months. Dr Greger is great, but he missed the anti-inflammation ability of medical alcohol. I say medical, because the amount i take does nothing but eliminate chronic pain.

  • There should be Appleholics Anonymous, for all the obese people clearly abusing high sugar foods. Apple is a very unnatural high sugar low nutrient food.

    Wild apples are NOT sweet, they are more like potatoes. They were selectively bred to be packed with sugar and fructose at cost of all other nutrients.

  • Centenarians have been studied extensively. Their diets and lifestyles have been documented and observed over years. Drinking a glass of wine a couple days per week has not been shown to harm your health. You can dismiss data on the bases of people quitting, etc….But those large aggregate studies don't account for some of the real-life human stories…How do you account for the 100 plus year old persons that are healthy (relatively speaking) and drinking moderate small amounts of alcohol?


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