When It Comes to Alcohol, Nothing You Drink is Good For Health

Whether you drink heavily, or you just like to sip one or two glasses of wine occasionally, a new global study claims no amount of alcohol is good for you. Drain that glass and read on.

According to a new analysis of 2016 global alcohol consumption and disease risk study, published in the journal Lancet, India accounted for 2nd highest alcohol related deaths at 290,000. Of this, nearly 42,000 were women.

Alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths. The study analysed data from 196 countries.

"2.8 million " - Over all, alcohol was linked to over 2.8 million deaths in 2016.

The 2.8 million number includes alcohol-related cancers, heart disease, tuberculosis, violence and self-harm, and traffic accidents and other unintentional injuries.

China, India and Russia topped the charts when it comes to numbers, but that might be attributed to our population. The US ranked 5th and Germany was at number 8.

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No Alcohol? Really?

The study’s lead author, in a quote to CNN, said:

"The most surprising finding was that even small amounts of alcohol use contribute to health loss globally. We’re used to hearing that a drink or two a day is fine. But the evidence is the evidence." - Emmanuela Gakidou, Senior Author (in a quote to CNN)

The authors contend that even a small amount of alcohol can put you in the risk category. But is that really the case? Several studies have claimed health benefits of a moderate amount of whiskey and wine on heart health. Most countries have norms that determine safe amount of alcohol intake weekly.

For example, according to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking guidelines, 2016, you can have 6 pints of 4% beer 250 ml each in a week, or 6 glasses of 13 % wine of 76 ml each, and 14 shots of 40% whiskey 25 ml each in a week.

Experts arguing against the study’s findings say that there are risk factors associated with driving, but that doesn’t mean you stop driving. Everything should be seen in context.

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