There’s no safe level of alcohol consumption major study shows

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/there-s-no-safe-level-of-alcohol-consumption-major-study-shows

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.”

Compared to abstinence, imbibing one “standard drink” — 10 grammes of alcohol, equivalent to a small beer, glass of wine or shot of spirits — per day, for example, ups the odds of developing at least one of two dozen health problems by about half-a-percent, the researchers reported.

Looked at one way, that seems like a small increment: 914 out of 100,000 teetotallers will encounter those problems, compared to 918 people who imbibe seven times per week.

“But 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,” said senior author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington and a director at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

“Those are excess deaths, in other words, that could be avoided,” she told AFP.

The risk climbs in a steep “J-curve”, the study found.

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.

The “less is better, none is best” finding jibes with the World Health Organization’s long-standing position, but is at odds with many national guidelines, especially in the developed world.

Britain’s health authority, for example, suggests not exceeding 14 drinks per week “to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level”.

“There is always a lag between the publication of new evidence and the modification and adoption of revised guidelines,” said Gakidou, who admitted to being an “occasional drinker” herself.

“The evidence shows what the evidence shows, and I — like 2.4 billion other people on the planet that also consume alcohol — need to take it seriously.”

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heh..not really surprised..as ive gotten older ive become less of a drinker..i never have alcohol in my fridge..but i smoke cigarettes..i often wonder at the hypocrisy of the way they target smokers and smoking and let the social norm of drinking be legal..its far more dangerous than smoking..nobody ever had to many smokes and then crashed a car or beat up their partner..or vomited all over themselves or lost their virginity in a moment of madness..etc etc..you know what i mean..

strangely this finding was NOT shown on mainstream..they dont really want the slaves to be sober..

“that additional risk of 0.5 percent among (once-a-day) drinkers corresponds to about 100,000 additional deaths each year,”

one a day..

“With five “units” of alcohol per day, the likelihood of serious consequences jumps by 37 percent.”

shouldnt health organisations call for zero consumption?

“Britain’s health authority, for example, suggests not exceeding 14 drinks per week “to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level”.

401

~ by seeker401 on August 28, 2018.

3 Responses to “There’s no safe level of alcohol consumption major study shows”

  1. “strangely this finding was NOT shown on mainstream..they dont really want the slaves to be sober..”
    this.
    + the ding-ding-ding in the meantime…as usual: the sheeple to be trimmed…by the good-pastors..:(

  2. These 12 steps are a powerful method to take control of your life .. they can be applied to any problem besides alcohol .. the difficulty is admitting you are powerless over anything

    Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

    Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

    Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

    Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

    Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

    Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
    Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

    Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

    Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

    Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

    Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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