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Your risk of cancer likely increases with each additional drink of alcohol

Light drinking may prolong your life—but it's more complicated than that.
people drinking alcohol together

Epidemiologists are still trying to figure out how alcohol and mortality mix.

There’s a lot of lifestyle practices that are clear cut: Eat fruits and vegetables, exercise, and reduce stress to stay healthy. Do more indulgent things, like eating ice cream, in moderation. Don’t start smoking, and take steps to reduce the cigarettes you smoke each day if you’re already addicted.

But other behaviors, like drinking alcohol, are far less explicit. Despite the ubiquity of alcohol consumption, epidemiologists and other health researchers still haven’t figured out how alcohol and

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