Oh woe is us! Even one little drink a day is dangerous

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Oh woe is us! Even one little drink a day is dangerous

Study suggests there is no safe level of alcohol, as any health benefits are outweighed by its adverse effects

Suthentira Govender

Indulging in only one alcoholic drink a day could be detrimental to your health. A Global Burden of Disease study, published in The Lancet, found that alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disease and is also associated with nearly one in 10 deaths among those aged between 15 and 49.
Globally one in three people drink alcohol – equivalent to 2.4 billion people.
The study suggests there is no safe level of alcohol, as any health benefits are outweighed by its adverse effects.Researchers estimate that drinking one alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of developing one of 23 alcohol-related health problems by 0.5%, compared with not drinking at all.
“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. In particular, the strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for ischaemic heart disease in women in our study,” said researcher Dr Max Griswold.
“Although the health risks associated with alcohol starts off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more.”

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