Published: Wed, August 29, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New Research Reveals Why Alcoholic Consumption Is Unhealthy

New Research Reveals Why Alcoholic Consumption Is Unhealthy

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, head and neck surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital who co-authored the study, says data from India was taken from the National Family Health Survey 4, among other sources.

The startling results are that there is essentially no safe level of consumption when it comes to alcohol, which is a big departure from previous information provided by health organizations which were aimed at providing a framework based on determining or defining acceptable levels of drinking.

Denmark has the most drinkers-95.3 percent of women and 97.1 percent of men.

According to a 2016 Mayo Clinic article, moderate drinking could reduce risk of developing and dying from heart disease, possibly reduce the risk of diabetes and ischemic stroke.

However, the Beaufort County Health Department says they are still telling people that drinking in moderation in health.

The study shows that one in three, or 2.4 billion people around the world, drink alcohol.

We have heard quite often people telling that a drink or two is fine but the recent 2016 studies state that no amount of alcohol is good for health.

But an extra four people would be affected if they drank one alcoholic drink a day.

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"Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increase with any amount of alcohol", said U.S. lead researcher Max Griswold of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. "The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising", explained the report, referencing current federal health guidelines suggesting that one glass of wine or beer each day is acceptable.

At the time, England's chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, noted that any amount of alcohol could increase the risk of cancer.

But not so fast, said the authors of the new study. "Some studies also overlook illicit trade and home brewing", CBS News reported.

An average of two drinks per day, for example, translated into a seven per cent hike in disease and injury compared to those who opt for abstinence. This is because the drinking levels were far higher generally among men, with Romanian men drinking more than eight drinks daily.

But it was the leading risk factor for early death in 2016 for people aged 15 to 49, they found. Alcohol use caused death by injury, by self-harm and by worsening tuberculosis in this group, the team found. There are much higher risks for disease and death with more drinks consumed, according to the study.

Yet Prof David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, sounded a note of caution about the findings.

"Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention".

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