- The Washington Times - Friday, November 4, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A recent Washington Times article correctly quoted the Journal of the American Medical Association stating that even moderate wine drinkers are at risk of increased cancer rates (“Light drinking linked to slight breast cancer risk,” Web, Tuesday).

This is refreshing research in the face of the recent “good news” that a couple of glasses of wine a day will extend our lives and help protect us from heart attacks owing to the chemicals found in the skin of the grapes used to make the wine. If you ever needed a reason to drink, that certainly would be it.

It’s ridiculous to me that anyone in our health-conscious age has to be reminded of the dangers of alcohol consumption. Not only has this drug been one of humanity’s most enduring intoxicants, but it probably has negatively affected most families in the world in the form of alcohol-related miseries such as deteriorating health of the user, abusive behavior, depleted bank accounts, automobile accidents and even suicides.

I’m not advocating teetotaling, but enough of acting as if this drug is a harmless perpetuator of joy that will extend all of our lives. History and perhaps now even science certainly can’t bear that burden.

MARK SERIO

Timonium, Md.

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