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Does alcohol harm the heart?

July 1, 2022

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Q. You often say that an alcoholic drink per day improves heart health. But I heard a recent study found that any amount of alcohol is harmful for the heart and health. What’s the truth?

A. Every one of us wants advice that’s simple and "true." But few important things are simple, and what we think is "true" can change with more information. Also, we’re all different in some ways, and what’s healthy for you may not be healthy for me.

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