I had a drink of whisky about an hour ago

Whisky, in small doses, can be good at preventing cancer. A single malt can contain more of the antioxidant ellagic acid than red wine, which has been touted for its free radical busting benefits for several years.

Dr Swan, who is currently assisting four new distillery start-ups, was speaking to the EuroMedlab conference hosted by the Association of Clinical Biochemists. He told the Guardian: “We are talking about the odd dram. I am not talking about a bottle a day,” adding that the effect would be greater in well-aged whisky rather than a cheap blend.

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