Do Any Benefits of Alcohol Outweigh the Risks?

What would happen if you effectively randomized people at birth to drink more or less alcohol their whole lives? Would they get more or less heart disease?


  1. Centenarians have been studied extensively. Their diets and lifestyles have been documented and observed over years. Drinking a glass of wine a couple days per week has not been shown to harm your health. You can dismiss data on the bases of people quitting, etc….But those large aggregate studies don't account for some of the real-life human stories…How do you account for the 100 plus year old persons that are healthy (relatively speaking) and drinking moderate small amounts of alcohol?


  2. There should be Appleholics Anonymous, for all the obese people clearly abusing high sugar foods. Apple is a very unnatural high sugar low nutrient food.

    Wild apples are NOT sweet, they are more like potatoes. They were selectively bred to be packed with sugar and fructose at cost of all other nutrients.

  3. Alcohol saved my life! Google "alcohol + inflammation" I had 30+ years of pain and i avoided alcohol thinking it was bad. Had my will ready, and since i expected to die soon, what the heck i tried 2 ounces of wine a day. That was 4 years ago, and all my chronic pains are gone! For example, I had tennis elbow for 13 years, no more chronic pain! I still get pain if i overdo it, but it always goes away in a day or two. Now i take 4/10 ounce of 80 proof vodka once a day. a bottle lasts 4 months. Dr Greger is great, but he missed the anti-inflammation ability of medical alcohol. I say medical, because the amount i take does nothing but eliminate chronic pain.

  4. If you add up all the problems that alcohol causes at least for some people=driving under the influence/makes many young guys promiscuous=leads to spreading STD's and unwanted pregnancies just for starters!

  5. Lifestyle interventions have no abuse potential???????????
    Don't be ridiculous.
    I love this channel but I know dozens of people abusing fitness and diet. You may say they are not 'doing it properly' if they are abusing it but the potential is still there.
    There is no 'thing' or activity that can't potentially be abused by someone with a personality that tends towards addiction.
    I don't drink booze at all, even a small beer affects my training and sleep for a minimum of three days, so I waved it goodbye.
    We need to be realistic in what we are saying, especially when it comes to things that lots of people regularly enjoy.
    To state, directly, that the interventions 'have no abuse potential' is just bad writing and bad over-reaching science.
    How are you to get people to trust you when something like this slips through?

  6. They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, "In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit." And they ask you what they should spend. Say, "The excess [beyond needs]." Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought.

    Quran 2:219

  7. I didn't understand the part where a person with increased alcohol —> acetaldehyde metabolism enzyme or lower acetaldehyde —> CO2+water enzyme is said to have higher cardiovascular risk but is found to have lower risk… What's the meaning of this? Why is this so?

  8. I watched your programs on microbiome. That got me to do more research: much the biome is not only in gut, but also oral. Your alcohol show made me think of this: Does alcohol, which I would assume kills bacteria: Does drinking alcohol, or even using mouth wash (which as alcohol) affect the oral microbiome and hurt our good microbes.

  9. I was only a social drinker, but I quit drinking back in 2010. Signs in bathrooms warning pregnant women about alcohol made me think if it's bad for a baby's brain, it probably isn't good for my brain; and my parents didn't endow me with much to begin with.

  10. Thank you for your work Dr Greger. Do you have any information you have studied on hormone replacement therapy or bioidentical hrt? I am going through perimenopause and would love your input on this. Thank you!

  11. Glucose metabolism create acetaldehyde just like alcohol.
    Alcohol is made from carbohydrates.
    Lactate and acetate are also created. These promote cellular regeneration of cancer tissue and healthy tissue. To much "lactic acid sis" depletes NAD and damages mitochondria, eventually leading to glucose dependant cancer cells and death.
    Oh yeah, ethanol is also produced leading to a nation of people who do not think clearly and make less than great choices.
    Suffice it to say, I'm not a fan of carbs and sugar anymore.

  12. To everyone complaining that there might be some benefits for alcohol coz they don't want to stop… these videos are not necessarily made to prevent you from ingesting things, but rather to prevent you from doing so coz you think they're healthy even though they're not. Sure, alcohol prevents social anxiety, just like smoking helps with relaxation. But the fact is, they both do so despite their health complications.
    You won't just become healthy if you stop drinking and neither will you drop dead if you drink. The key here is.. Understand the health consequences, then if you can't help but keep drinking, you'd better do something else to compensate or else accept the fact that you're cutting time off your life for pleasure. Simple!!
    P.S. I'm not a drinker or smoker

  13. Look, alcohol is not something you want to consume regularly, but for the appropriate occasions it can produce incredibly comforting physiological effects. Sometimes the brain just becomes so distracted and so distraught that it needs a temporary shutdown. I think for that reason alone it has at least some merit. Cannabis would be a better alternative for the same reasons, but it's unfortunately not a viable option for many people.

  14. Please explain why there is a "Blue Zone" in Sardinia 🙂 The question is, what is better, eating grapes or eating fermented grapes? Cells do not continue to burn sugars as you age, therefore eating fermented grapes seems to be a better option to live longer.

  15. I just watched a program "how to make Viking blood mead". made from hibiscus, to give it its deep red colour . Is there any benefit from drinking this most powerful antioxidant drink… I don't drink at all. But knowing your thoughts on hibiscus… I was just wondering thanks…..

  16. Appleholics! Lol. I think with that delicious bit of knowledge I am about to go feast on a delicious apple and be glad I've been sober over a year 🙂 Best thing I ever did next to going vegan! <3 Thanks Dr. Gregor!

  17. (disclaimer: im no biochemist so i dont the fuq know what im talking about)

    im curious tho: if u eat food….it enters ur stomach and then goes to ur colon(s)
    but anything that contains carbs should turn into alcohol during the fermentation process
    so why rnt we all drunk yet?

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