ICYMI: Science Says Alcohol is Bad, Cheese is Good
According to a new study, no amount of liquor, wine or beer is good for you. So much for that whole ‘a glass of red wine a day’ thing.
According to the study, published last week in medical journal The Lancet, alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016. The team behind the report culled data from nearly 700 global studies that examined the consumption of alcohol in various countries, studying how it contributes to a variety of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis and diabetes. It also, of course, factored in things like drunk-driving accidents and drug use, both of which increase the likelihood of health risks and premature deaths.
“The most surprising finding was that even small amounts of alcohol use contribute to health loss globally,” senior study author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, told CNN. “We’re used to hearing that a drink or two a day is fine. But the evidence is the evidence.”
So what does this mean? We cut alcohol out of our lives completely? As TIME notes, “Gakidou’s paper did show some modest cardiovascular benefits associated with moderate drinking, particularly among women, but she says that effect is overshadowed by the numerous ways alcohol can threaten health. When you consider risks like breast cancer and road traffic injuries, she says, “the protective effect goes away, even at low doses.