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Clinical Crossroads Update
June 6, 2012

A 42-Year-Old Man Considering Whether to Drink Alcohol for His Health

JAMA. 2012;307(21):2315. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.5865

In a Clinical Crossroads article published in 2010,1 Kenneth Mukamal, MD, MPH, discussed the epidemiology of drinking in the United States, the effect of moderate alcohol intake, and the potential risks and benefits of alcohol consumption. The patient, Mr Q, was a 42-year-old man contemplating his use of alcohol after his primary care physician queried him about his alcohol intake. Mr Q was a social drinker and had read about the positive effects that limited alcohol intake could have on his health. Since that time, Mr Q made a decision to drink a glass of wine daily. After talking to his physician, Mr Q became concerned about the long-term effects of alcohol consumption and was at the crossroads of whether to continue drinking alcohol for health purposes.

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