There’s no ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption, global study finds

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Drinking alcohol in moderation is more harmful than previously thought, according to a new study that concludes there’s no “safe” level of alcohol consumption … The study found that moderate drinking was, in fact, protective against ischemic heart disease. But this benefit was outweighed by the health risks of alcohol.​

“The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising,” the researchers wrote in their paper, published online Aug. 23, 2018 in the journal The [British Medical Journal] Lancet. “Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none.”… “Alcohol poses dire ramifications for future population health in the absence of policy action today,” Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor of global health at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and a co-author of the study, said in a statement … The study analyzed information from nearly 700 previous studies to estimate how common drinking alcohol is worldwide, and examined almost another 600 studies including a total of 28 million people to investigate the health risks tied to alcohol … Humphreys called the work the “most sophisticated global study of the impact of alcohol on human health ever conducted.” “The study confirms that alcohol is one of the world’s leading causes of disability, disease and death,” Humphreys said … in addition to [recommending] abstinence, the researchers called for other policies that focus on reducing the population’s consumption of alcohol, such as increasing alcohol taxes.

Original Article (Live Science):
 There’s no ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption, global study finds
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