Skip to comments.Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Posted on 08/23/2018 8:04:46 PM PDT by Mariner
Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze.
"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.
Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, the new study found that alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm.
"The protective effect of alcohol was offset by the risks," Griswold told AFP in summarising the results, published in medical journal The Lancet on Friday.
"Overall, the health risks associated with alcohol rose in line with the amount consumed each day."
An average of two drinks per day, for example, translated into a 7.0 percent hike in disease and injury compared to those who opt for abstinence.
With five "units" of alcohol per day, the likelihood of serious consequences jumps by 37 percent.
(Excerpt) Read more at afp.com ...
It's a scourge upon mankind, with no other drug comparing to it's destruction. In addition to health outcomes, the impact to family, jobs and relationships is unmatched.
It most certainly begets violence, nobody questions that.
Why don't we prohibit it again? Is it not more dangerous than marijuana?
“A man’s got to believe something, and I believe I’ll have another drink”. W. C. Fields
“...risk of health problems and dying”
I guarantee we all have a 100% risk of dying
Yep.. My one glass of wine in the evening makes me all crazy.
It’s worse than marijuana in a lot of ways, but no it shouldn’t be prohibited. In a free country, you should have a right to do things that are harmful to yourself.
“Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts.”
Smells like a global warming assembly
Alcohol is harmful to others who don’t drink it.
RE: Why don’t we prohibit it again? Is it not more dangerous than marijuana?
So you are a statist socialist who believes the government must make all of our life choices for us.
I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
Instead of yet another nanny-state, liberty-robbing law, why don’t we spread the Gospel, as Jesus instructed, and let each individual choose what to do with his or her own life? Just a thought.
"...Why dont we prohibit it again?..."
I’ll drink to the fact that life is fatal.
According to this piece, alcohol increases your risk of dying, that’s what it says.
That’s quite a feat since we are all 100% certain to die. Hard to increase the risk above that.
As regards behavior, alcohol isn’t the problem, people are.
Another good one.
The Mediterranean Diet includes wine.
(Not in excess)
Other than Enoch and Elijah, nobody gets outta here alive.
Those harms are generally already “prohibited”, i.e. illegal.
Thats quite a feat since we are all 100% certain to die. Hard to increase the risk above that.
But 100% of us wont be dying in the next year. Certain behaviors and exposures will increase the odds of dying during that period. But you knew that.
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