Latest Research Claims That There Is No Safe Level Of Alcohol: “The Protective Effect Of Alcohol Is Offset By The Risks”

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Yes, we are aware of the fact that this is some really lousy news. It seems that even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health issues and dying, says a significant study on drinking that was concluded in 195 nations that attributed 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide to alcohol each year.

There’s reportedly no safe level of alcohol consumption 

“There is no safe level of alcohol,” said Max Griswold, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts.

This report comes after recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking can reduce heart disease. “The protective effect of alcohol was offset by the risks,” Griswold summarized the results which have been published in the medical journal The Lancet.

“Overall, the health risks associated with alcohol rose in line with the amount consumed each day.”

Unfortunately, it seems that compared to abstinence even one single standard drink which is the equivalent to a small beer, glass of wine or shot of spirits per day can raise the odds of developing at least one of two dozen health issue by about half-a-percent, according to this latest study.

Even if this seems just a little, the study reported that “at the global level, that additional risk of 0.5 percent among (once-a-day) drinkers corresponds to about 100,000 additional deaths each year.”

This is what the senior author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington and a director at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Drinking raises risks for premature death

Overall, drinking was found to be the seventh leading risk factor for premature death and disease back in 2016.

The top 6 killers are the following: high blood pressure, smoking, low-birth weight and premature delivery, high blood sugar (diabetes), obesity and pollution.

But in the case of people aged between 15 and 49, alcohol was found to be the most lethal factor, responsible for more than 12% of deaths among men, the study found.


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