We have heard drinking is good for your heart. We have heard it may even protect you against diabetes. But we also know that alcohol is a major driver of heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.
So, what is going on?
Charles Parry is director of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at the Medical Research Council of South Africa. He separates the fact from the fiction regarding alcohol’s risks and benefits – and gives you a rule of thumb for safe drinking this festive season.
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