There has been a never-ending debate on the effect of alcohol on heart health. Studies do favor and oppose this statement although physicians are strictly against consuming alcohol for heart health. And, one of the latest studies published in the Lancet has confirmed the result of previous studies that show that no level is safe for alcohol consumption. Although researchers do agree with the point that alcohol consumption in moderation protects against heart disease, they found that the risk of cancer and other serious diseases outweighs this advantage.
The Lancet Study
Almost 3 million deaths worldwide are due to alcohol consumption which includes around 12% of death in males aged between 15 and 49. Almost more than 2 billion people are drinkers presently of which 63% are males. The study probed into current drinking rates, abstinence from drinking, consumption rate among current drinkers and the effect of alcohol on different health outcomes including:
Although there is no ‘safe’ or recommended level for drinking the general suggestions include not more than one drink a day in the case of women and two drinks a day in the case of men. But alcohol is alcohol, and the body is safe until you refrain from drinking it. Read more about the ‘French paradox’ (how red wine is associated with heart health) by visiting the website www.firsteatright.com.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.