A new study report claims that all alcohol consumption is bad for humans, breaking the myth that a glass of wine a day is good for the health of a person.
This study was conducted on a global basis and therefore it claims to be more comprehensive than ever before. The study virtually negated what many other previous studies had claimed that consumption of alcohol also had positive effects on human health under some conditions.
The researchers said that the benefits of casual or limited consumption of alcohol far less compared to the risks of development of cancer and other illnesses even tough they also acknowledged that human can be protected form heart diseases and diabetes by moderate drinking.
“The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising,” said the report published in The Lancet medical journal.
Suggestions that one or two glasses of wine or beer per day are safe for an adult’s health are made by the majority of national guidelines. But the report’s authors said, “Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none.”
The study was carried out at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle. The study investigated the levels of alcohol use and its health effects on people that were aged between 15 and 95 in 195 countries between 1990 and 2016.
In 20p16, there were 2.8 million deaths because of alcohol and also identified it as the leading factor for the risk of premature mortality and disability among people who are aged 15 to 49. That accounts for about 10 per cent of all deaths.
The report also found that tuberculosis, road injuries and self-harm were among the greatest proportion of alcohol-related deaths among young people. Cancer was found to be the biggest risk – especially for women, of death because of alcohol among people aged over 50 years.
The authors of the report said that “dire ramifications for future population health” is posed by the current drinking habits. They also urged people revisit their habits and approach to consumption of alcohol.
The range of factors that were considered for the study which included insights from 592 studies and 28 million people worldwide made the report far better than earlier research, the study claims.
This study is a part of as larger Global Burden of Disease study which is a research work that is based at the University of Washington and it gathers data on the causes of illness and death throughout the world.
(Adapted from CNBC.com)