There's "no safe level of alcohol," major new study concludes

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  1. Brian in Mesa

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    There's "no safe level of alcohol," major new study concludes

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alcohol-and-health-no-safe-level-of-drinking-major-new-study-concludes/

    While some medical studies — and a great deal of media attention — have focused on possible health benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation, a large new report warns that the harms of alcohol greatly outweigh any potential beneficial effects. The authors of the study, which looks at data on 28 million people worldwide, determined that considering the risks, there is "no safe level of alcohol."

    Alcohol is associated with 2.8 million deaths worldwide each year, the researchers found in the study, which is published in the journal The Lancet. Just over 2 percent of women and nearly 7 percent of men worldwide die from alcohol-related health problems each year.

    Regular alcohol consumption can have negative impacts on the body's organs and tissues, while binge drinking can lead to injuries or alcohol poisoning. Alcohol dependence can lead to self-harm or violence.

    "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," lead author Dr. Max Griswold, of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said in a statement. "In particular, the strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries, and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for ischemic heart disease in women in our study."

    He added, "Although the health risks associated with alcohol starts off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more."

    Across the globe, one in three people drink alcohol, equivalent to 2.4 billion people, according to the report.
     
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    LoyaltyisaCurse IF AND WHEN HEALTHY...

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    Wrong!:

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    Define ''safe''.
     
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    Bada0Bing Don't Stop Believin'

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    Yeah, this has always seemed pretty common sense to me. It fire-bombs your microbiome. However, wine companies love to site resveratrol studies where no human could possibly digest enough in one sitting to make an impact.
     
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    Without weighing in on the value of wine or alcohol in general, that "report" is very misleading. They came to their conclusion by including the risks associated with making bad decisions because of alcohol consumption. It says very little about the little old lady that has half a glass of wine every day with her meal or the occasional safe recreational drinker.
     
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    Yuma I got a job! Thanks BigRedRage!

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    Yes with associated deaths from car crashes, drownings, etc. It is very dangerous. No safe level seems hard to believe. I mean, if you have a teaspoon full by accident you are automatically doomed?
     
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    I FINALLY got tired of alcohol. Replaced it with working out. 35 years of drinking was more than enough. I may show up at the 1/2 time meetup at the Lions game. Sober. That would be different...
     
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    Bada0Bing Don't Stop Believin'

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    Nice. I quit about 10 years ago. There's just so much you can do when you give that up. I lost 30 pounds, took up Ironman triathlons, dove into subjects and learned everything I could about them (like the vietnam war), took up gardening, etc. There's so much time available really.

    You miss out a bit. When my colleagues go to happy hour I pass 9 times out of 10 because I've got something else planned. However, I see these folks 40-50 hours a week. I don't need to hang out for another 2 hours sitting in a bar doing nothing but talking ish. I'll do that at work!

    The benefits of being healthy are insane. I always had trouble sleeping, now I'm out in 10 min and get 5 deep sleep cycles in 7 hours every night. Blood tests are off the chart healthy, mental health is way better, etc.

    It took a while, but watching sports became waaaay better without alcohol. After I lost the habitual feeling of drinking while watching sports, which was difficult, the games became way more intense. Now I watch much more like a scientist. I don't just sit back and expect to be entertained. I'm breaking down every formation and play call in my mind, which is way more fun based on my personality.
     
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    Congratulations, Andy! Very happy for you.
     
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    Congrats !! That's awesome.
     
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    Way to go, Monica !! ;)
     
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    there is a study that proves anything you want to prove to be bad if you look for it.
     
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    Thanks for the well wishes. It's still a struggle to be "social" without it. But, i realized i would too often cross the line from funny, fun guy to total ******* when i drank. I lived 35 years with decadance as a paradigm. No regrets. But there was a lot of self imposed suffering. Discipline is cool, i learned. Showing up to work Mondays full of energy to the point i got accused of being on cocaine or meth. I've got to be be a healthy old guy. I dont have the money to be ill. I don't have children to look after me, and i dont know that a sober me can land a sober women. Alcohol made me the most handsome and charming guy - to alcoholic women!
     
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