All alcohol unsafe, global study says- for real
Warning: all alcohol unsafe!
All levels of alcohol consumption have been deemed unsafe for health.
You may be thinking ‘no shit, Sherlock’ but society has still made room for moderate levels of alcohol consumption, especially when it comes to ‘one glass of wine/day is good for the heart.’
While that may still be true, the negative effects like the increased risk of cancer, among other diseases, outweighs the positives.
The massive global study has yielded impressive results because of the range of factors considered.
The Global Burden of Disease study reviewed levels of alcohol use and its effects on the health of 15 to 95-year-olds in 195 countries between 1990 and 2016.
Researchers compared the health of people abstaining from alcohol consumption with those who had one drink a day.
The results of people developing health problems like cancer or suffering from injuries are:
Non-drinkers: 914 out 100 000 people
1 Drink/day: 4 more people than above (seems fairly safe to me, Ed)
2 drinks/day: 63 more people
5 drinks/day: 338 more people
Lead author of the study, Dr Max Griswold said:
“Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increases with any amount of alcohol.
On the other, probably more realistic hand, Prof David Spiegelhalter of the University of Cambridge said: “Given the pleasure presumably associated with moderate drinking, claiming there is ‘no safe level’ does not seem an argument for abstention.”
The recommended alcohol limits are 14 units per week, translating to 5 draughts of beer, 7 glasses of wine, or 14 single shots- or some people’s Friday night.
Whether you ‘cheers’ in celebration of the findings on alcohol or against it is totally up to you; as long as you drink responsibly.
Alcohol unsafe as a tagline is not untrue but if you are a very modest drinker – 1 /day for example, you are not damned just yet!