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Even Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Be Far More Harmful Than Previously Thought

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  • Substance abuse is skyrocketing in the U.S., and that includes alcohol. More than 66 million — nearly 25 percent of the total adolescent and adult population — reported binge drinking at some point in 2015
  • An investigation using twin brothers as guinea pigs reveals even moderate alcohol consumption may cause significant harm, including increased liver stiffness, systemic inflammation and leaky gut
  • Exercise may ameliorate some risks. Chronic drinkers who exercise five hours a week have the same rate of mortality as those who never drink alcohol, in part by counteracting the inflammation caused by alcohol

By Dr. Mercola

According to a recent report by the U.S. surgeon general, substance abuse is skyrocketing in the U.S., and that includes alcohol. In fact, substance abuse in general has eclipsed cancer in terms of prevalence.

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