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Alcohol: Benefits vs risk
Whether to drink alcohol and how much is a question to which there are no straight answers. People who have never had alcohol can't develop a taste or liking for it - so one can't even suggest moderate drinking to them. But there is agreement that drinking should be forced and that it should be in moderation.

DRINKING MODERATELY, lastest research suggests, can prevent medical conditions such as diabetes, ischemic stroke and coronory heart diseae in the elderly. For this group, drinking in a controlled and infrequent way can result in substantial mortality benefit - as against not drinking at all.

For those between young and middle-age, especially women, moderate drinking of alcohol can up the risk of trauma and breast cancer. And women who consume alcohol should also take folate to reduce risk of breast cancer.

For men who are below the age of 45 - there is more harm than benefit from drinking alcohol - but having less than one drink per day is considered safe.

Generally, men can control the after-effects of drinking alcohol better than women. Nevertheless, the ideal 'therapeutic dose' of alcohol is about 6 grams per day. One can have 10 grams in one hour, 20 grams in a day, and in a week one can have 70 grams. This limit is 50% less for women.

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