Dr. Meir Stampfer of the Harvard School of Public Health reported that he can see only health benefits from consuming alcohol in moderation (unless contra-indicated by alcoholism, previous organ damage from alcohol abuse, etc.) except for the very small possible increased risk of breast cancer in women, which can be avoided with folate supplements. His opinion, presented to the New York Academy of Sciences, is based on available scientific medical evidence.

Dr. Stampfer said that governments and physicians not recommending moderate alcohol consumption to their citizens and patients are doing them a disservice.


  • Norrie, P. New York Academy of Sciences conference, 2001. , AIM, 2001, 10(2), 7.

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