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Looking at the health warning on our beers, I'm sure the grammar is incorrect.

"Alcohol abuse is dangerous to your health."

Shouldn't that be:

"Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health."

Used as a verb, we'd say: "This is a danger to you."

Used as an adjective shouldn't we say: "This is dangerous for you"?

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Personally I think using dangerous as a modifier for "your health* is a bit odd. I'd prefer bad for your health, or (a bit more formal, perhaps) injurious/harmful to [your] health. – FumbleFingers Dec 12 '11 at 16:41
When something is dangerous to or for our health, using to will give a more direct impact, and that's probably why to is prominent in this Google Ngram chart. – Damkerng T. Nov 9 '14 at 16:38

Both prepositions are correct with dangerous. You are restricted to use for when you continue the sentence with a to-infinitive clause:

It would be dangerous for you to stay here.

This is a danger to you: This sentence doesn't use danger as a verb, but as a noun. This example is also correct.

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And a danger for you would also be correct. – Peter Shor Dec 12 '11 at 12:19
@PeterShor: Absolutely. I wrote the sentence as OP gave it to point out that "danger" isn't a verb here. – Irene Dec 12 '11 at 18:46

Both 'dangerous for' and 'dangerous to' are correct.This has been mentioned in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.Even as a noun both 'danger to' and 'danger for' are correct although most prefer to use 'danger to'. Both of them have been proved correct by rigorous and thorough analysis of British National Corpus, Corpus of American Contemporary English and Google Books Corpora.

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