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[Comment] Offline: When science met faith

“Moderate drinking is good.” The title of the post, on a public health listserver (it matters not exactly where), was teasing (and even seasonal). The person who submitted The New York Times link said only, “Drinking is good for you—apparently.” A colleague from WHO responded in similar spirit: “Of course it is—evidence-based!” The next post was sharper and more exacting. “Could you please provide published research on ‘moderate drinkers versus heavy drinkers vs never drinkers’ with regard to harmful and beneficial effects.” The person initiating the thread replied, perhaps rather too tersely in retrospect, “why not read the NYT piece…it cites several studies”.