Many studies purport to show some kind of health benefit from drinking (usually red wine) in small amounts. These studies often fail to account for differences in income that might actually cause the health benefits (moderate drinkers may be better off than those who don’t drink).
However, more and more studies are showing that drinking generally causes harm. Many delicious things do (bacon, sugary foods, you name it), but it’s good to know what kind of harm alcohol can cause, even in (relatively) moderate amounts.
See here for the details, but the TL; DR is:
Alcohol disrupts electrical signals in your heart
It does so by causing scarring
The signal disruption means that it can cause an irregular heartbeat
An irregular heartbeat raises the risk of heart attack or stroke
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