The medical world’s endorsement of alcohol stems from the French who reputedly drink large amounts of wine and report less disease than Americans. However, controversy and questions have arisen over whether this supposed reduced risk comes from flavonoids and other antioxidants in the grapes, or whether alcohol affects blood clotting. In any case, the American Heart Association warns that alcohol does increase dangers such as high blood pressure and breast cancer, and therefore does not encourage people to start drinking.

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