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Heart Doc VIP with Dr. Joel Kahn

Aug 11, 2023

In this week's episode, Dr. Joel Kahn delves into the contentious topic of alcohol consumption, a subject making waves across social media and the news. As more and more reports caution against the risks of habitual drinking, is complete abstinence the answer?

Dr. Kahn breaks down recent studies that warn about the dangers of consistent alcohol intake, especially when exceeding two drinks daily. Yet, it's not all bad news: some research suggests potential benefits with moderate consumption, including reduced risks of certain cancers, dementia, and heart disease.

But where should we draw the line? Dr. Kahn introduces the idea of "liver holidays," emphasizing the importance of giving our bodies time to repair and heal. Through a personal lens, Dr. Kahn shares the heartbreaking loss of a neighbor to alcoholism and acknowledges the challenges many of his patients face. As we navigate this complex issue, it becomes clear: a careful, balanced approach with periods of no or low intake might be the key. 

Tune in to explore the multifaceted relationship between alcohol and health.