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Drink is (probably) bad for us. But should we stop?

There is no safe level of drinking, according to a major new study. But who’s to say the very small risks of moderate drinking aren’t worth it?

Even if drink is bad for us, should we stop? Photo: Pexel

It is the season of the handbrake turn: December for drink and indulgence; January for dry resolution. Ever-more health conscious, ever-tempted to treat ourselves, we spin from “what-the-heck” to self-discipline, caught between thoughts of pleasure and harm, never clear where the balance lies.

These feelings are shared even by Sally Davies, the nation’s Chief Medical Officer. She freely admits to enjoying a glass of wine, and yet says that every time she has an alcoholic drink she…

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