Reducing the risks of alcohol

September 20, 2023 – The harmful effects of alcohol can be potentially lowered by prioritizing healthy habits, according to experts.

Drinking alcohol has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions. However, drinking in moderation—no more than two drinks a day for men or one drink a day for women—can still be part of a healthy lifestyle, said Eric Rimm, professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and one of several experts quoted in a September 12 New York Times article.

While there are no guaranteed ways to offset the effects of alcohol, Rimm suggested taking healthy actions including exercising regularly to support the immune system, being mindful of extra calories from alcoholic beverages, and seeing a doctor for annual checkups.

Read the New York Times article: I Drink Alcohol Regularly. What Can I Do to Mitigate the Risks?