Alcohol: no amount of alcohol is good for health

Ebony Scott
August 29, 2018

It's probably because alcohol damages developing cells, said the senior editor of the study, Emma Allott, who teaches nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising, particularly as improved methods and analysis continue to show how much alcohol use contributes to global death and disability", according to the study.

Denmark has the most drinkers-95.3 percent of women and 97.1 percent of men.

Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou, UW Health Metric Sciences Professor and a researcher who was part of the study, makes it clear that when it comes to alcohol and its effects on overall health, we are facing what is more or less a black and white issue: "The health risks associated with alcohol are massive", she said.

That was followed up with a new study published this week that finds consuming any alcohol at all could negatively impact your health.

Globally, more than two billion people were current drinkers in 2016; 63 per cent were male, researchers said.

"Although the health risks associated with alcohol start off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more".

They defined an alcohol drink as one having 10 grams of alcohol.

But according to a new review of 694 existing studies on global alcohol consumption habits and almost 600 studies on alcohol and health for Lancet, no amount of drinking is good for you.

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HERE'S a fun fact likely to leave a dark cloud hanging over your Saturday morning: no amount of alcohol - liquor, wine or beer - is good for your overall health.

The study's authors indicate that the links between alcohol and cancer, injuries, and other diseases far outweigh any positive benefits associated with reducing heart disease or other ailments.

No amount of moderation could minimize the health risks alcohol causes, the researchers concluded.

It now appears that the one or two drinks a couple of times a week, touted for long as moderate drinking, isn't healthy.

Prof Saxena said the study was the most important study ever conducted on the subject.

Alcohol reportedly led to 2.8 million deaths in 2016 and was the leading risk factor for premature mortality and disability in the 15 to 49 age group, accounting for 20 per cent of deaths. The country also has a large number of heavy drinkers, who consume more than 75ml per day or nearly every day of the week.

The study, which received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, also analyzed whether moderate levels of drinking could have health benefits-which previous studies have indicated. "Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none".

"Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention".

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