Pour Me A Finger, Don't Wag One

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Oh brother, here we go with another buzzkill scientific study.

This time, it’s research from a Missouri medical school refuting the consensus that one, or even two, alcoholic drinks a day is not a health risk and could even improve your health in some ways.

But according to them even light drinking four or more times a week boosts the risk of premature death by 20 percent. They concede a low level of alcohol consumption has been shown to improve heart health in some cases, but claim this is outweighed by other health problems that it worsens, such as cancer.

Says Dr. Sarah Hartz, a lead author of the study: “Overall, I do think people should no longer consider a glass of wine a day to somehow be healthy.”

Kids should never drink--some adults probably shouldn’t either. Drinking while driving and other binge-drinking behaviors are among the worst health problems we face.

But as a one-beer-with-dinner guy who might have a second one on a Saturday night, I prefer the counsel of an expert in risk management who told the Globe: “There is no safe level of driving, but governments do not recommend that people avoid driving ... Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention.”

Exactly right.

Halloween candy is surely bad for you, but are you going to skip Halloween?

Alcohol, like everything else, should be taken in moderation.

But if adults want to include it in their risk portfolio, please, researchers, don’t finger wag.

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