This transcript has been edited for clarity.

Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study. I'm Dr F. Perry Wilson at the Yale School of Medicine.

This week, in solidarity with many people in this country, I am pretending that coronavirus doesn't exist and talking about a paper that has absolutely nothing to do with that horrible strand of RNA raining destruction around the world.

I apologize for being flip; it's been a frustrating time in the world of epidemiology.

But it's okay to take a break here and there, and this paper appearing in JAMA Network Open caught my eye — not for the purity of the science or the methods, per se, but because the conclusion comported with something that, in the face of lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, I really wanted to be true: Drinking alcohol might be good for you.

More in category

Fewer than 10% of Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, study finds
September 26, 2020MSN
Fewer than 10% of Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, study finds
Mom 'murdered disabled daughter by silencing medical device alarm'
September 26, 2020MSN
Mom 'murdered disabled daughter by silencing medical device alarm'
What Urologists Want You To Know About Having a Healthy Bladder in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and Beyond
September 26, 2020MSN
What Urologists Want You To Know About Having a Healthy Bladder in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and Beyond
Some people aren't taking COVID-19 seriously, and virus deniers are ignoring the warnings about the deadliest pandemic in modern history, experts say
September 26, 2020MSN
Some people aren't taking COVID-19 seriously, and virus deniers are ignoring the warnings about the deadliest pandemic in modern history, experts say
Less than 10% of Americans had virus antibodies as of July, study finds
September 26, 2020MSN
Less than 10% of Americans had virus antibodies as of July, study finds
Fewer than 10% of US adults were found to have coronavirus antibodies, according to a new study
September 26, 2020MSN
Fewer than 10% of US adults were found to have coronavirus antibodies, according to a new study
The Virus Sent Droves to a Small Town. Suddenly, It’s Not So Small.
September 26, 2020The NY Times
The Virus Sent Droves to a Small Town. Suddenly, It’s Not So Small.
Fairy Knots Sound Cute, But They're Very Annoying To All Curly Girls
September 26, 2020mindbodygreen
Fairy Knots Sound Cute, But They're Very Annoying To All Curly Girls
This CrossFit Games Athlete Tried Out a Pro Bodybuilder's Leg Workout
September 26, 2020MSN
This CrossFit Games Athlete Tried Out a Pro Bodybuilder's Leg Workout
Get fit in 60 seconds with these quick tips from a personal trainer
September 26, 2020MSN
Get fit in 60 seconds with these quick tips from a personal trainer
Study: Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility
September 26, 2020MSN
Study: Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility
This Guy Shared How He Lost His Beer Belly and Became a Bodybuilder
September 26, 2020MSN
This Guy Shared How He Lost His Beer Belly and Became a Bodybuilder
Try This Simple Ab Workout—Because Strength Training Shouldn’t Be Complex
September 26, 2020MSN
Try This Simple Ab Workout—Because Strength Training Shouldn’t Be Complex
Watch This Bodybuilder Get Crushed By the U.S. Marine Fitness Test
September 26, 2020MSN
Watch This Bodybuilder Get Crushed By the U.S. Marine Fitness Test
Dr. Fauci says to take vitamin D if you're deficient — here's how to know
September 26, 2020MSN
Dr. Fauci says to take vitamin D if you're deficient — here's how to know
Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, Expert in Infectious Diseases, Dies at 62
September 26, 2020The NY Times
Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, Expert in Infectious Diseases, Dies at 62
One Sure Sign You've Caught the Mutated COVID
September 26, 2020MSN
One Sure Sign You've Caught the Mutated COVID
30 healthy alternatives to your favourite foods
September 26, 2020MSN
30 healthy alternatives to your favourite foods
It's Cauliflower Season: Here Are 3 Recipes To Celebrate Accordingly
September 26, 2020mindbodygreen
It's Cauliflower Season: Here Are 3 Recipes To Celebrate Accordingly
Results From the Final Diamond League Meet of 2020
September 25, 2020Runner's World
Results From the Final Diamond League Meet of 2020
Skimping on Shuteye? Your Runs May Take a Hit
September 25, 2020Runner's World
Skimping on Shuteye? Your Runs May Take a Hit