Practically everyone has heard that the type of alcohol that’s healthiest is red wine, and the amount of red wine that’s perfectly fine, is one glass for a woman and two for a man, but the ACTUAL amount that’s safe to consume is zero. The World Health Organization stated that, “regarding breast cancer, no amount of alcohol is safe” (1). By “…limiting alcohol, eating mostly plant foods, and maintain a normal body weight-was associated with a 62 percent lower risk of breast cancer” (1). What’s even more surprising, is that “experiments show that even holding a single teaspoon of hard liquor in your mouth for five seconds before spitting it out results in the production of potentially carcinogenic levels…for more than ten minutes” (1).
While I generally stay away from alcohol, I will take a sip here and there to see what a drink tastes like. And, if I have a canker sore, I’ll swish vodka in my mouth, which kills the bacteria and heals the skin much quicker than if I did nothing. In the end, the choice to drink or not, is yours.
- Source: Greger, M.D., Michael. How Not to Die. Book. New York: Flatiron Books. 2015 pg. 180-181