Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%. (Gallo)

[FROM OUR ARCHIVES] Six ways alcohol can help – and hurt – you this Easter

Bhekisisa team
Before you down those beers at the braai, find out how much alcohol is too much this Easter.

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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