No safe level of alcohol, study says

Henrietta Brewer
August 29, 2018

Each year more than 2.8 million deaths can be attributed to alcohol consumption in any form.

Alcohol is one of the main causes behind the death of men between the ages of 19-49.

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.

There is some evidence that alcohol may reduce the risk of heart disease very slightly, but that effect is more than outweighed by the other damage it causes.

Overall, drinking was the seventh leading risk factor for premature death and disease in 2016, accounting for just over two per cent of deaths in women and almost seven per cent in men. For those over 50, cancer was the leading cause of alcohol-related deaths, responsible for approximately 27 percent of all female deaths and 19 percent of deaths in men.

The study, which received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, also analyzed whether moderate levels of drinking could have health benefits-which previous studies have indicated.

According to American specialists, the resident Square consumed on average 4.2 units of alcohol per day.

This is against a previously-released research that said alcoholic drinks are good for the well-being since they have the high level of healthy antioxidants. They then examined 592 studies with data from 28 million people in 195 countries to understand the health risks associated with alcohol. It is also a leading risk factor for global disease burden.

That was followed up with a new study published this week that finds consuming any alcohol at all could negatively impact your health.

"Zero alcohol consumption minimises the overall risk of health loss", Gakidou said. The legal age for alcohol consumption in several countries including India is 21 but we hardly see anyone sticking to these rules and restrictions. "The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising, particularly as improved methods and analyses continue to show how much alcohol use contributes to global death and disability", the study concluded. These results suggest that alcohol control policies might need to be revised worldwide, refocusing on efforts to lower overall population-level consumption.

More than 95 percent of men and women drink alcohol in Denmark, the team found, while in Pakistan and Bangladesh - both Muslim countries where the religion discourages drinking - fewer than 1 percent of residents use alcohol, the team found.

"Policies that focus on reducing population-level consumption will be most effective in reducing the health loss from alcohol use".

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