Experts conclude there’s no ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption after global study

Stuff co.nz 24 August 2018
Family First Comment: The cost outweighs the benefit – similar to dope.
“The US-based authors, who combined 26 years of alcohol data from 195 countries including New Zealand, concluded that while there was evidence of some beneficial effects against heart disease, the risk of developing all other health problems increased with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed each day. “

The world’s most comprehensive study on alcohol consumption suggests there is no safe level of drinking, with any known health benefits outweighed by the adverse effects alcohol has on the body.

Alcohol has been found to be a leading risk factor for death and disease worldwide and is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15-49 years old, according to the new study, published on Friday in medical journal The Lancet.

The US-based authors, who combined 26 years of alcohol data from 195 countries including New Zealand, concluded that while there was evidence of some beneficial effects against heart disease, the risk of developing all other health problems increased with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed each day.

They estimated that, for one year, in people aged 15-95, drinking one alcoholic drink a day increased the risk of developing one of 23 alcohol-related health problems by 0.5 per cent compared with not drinking at all.

That figure increased to seven per cent in people who drank two drinks a day, meaning 977 people in every 100,000 would develop an alcohol-related health problem. Drinking five drinks a day increased the statistic to 37 per cent.

Currently, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health guidelines recommend that men drink no more than three standard units a day and no more than 15 standard units a week. Women’s figures are two a day and 10 a week.
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