UH OH: Now A Study Says Even In Moderation, Booze Will Give You Cancer

UH OH: Now A Study Says Even In Moderation, Booze Will Give You Cancer

It’s just a study. In a month there will be another one contradicting it. Nothing much to worry about, right?

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Whether it’s a glass of something to help you unwind at the end of the day, or meeting for a drink (or three) with friends or work colleagues, alcohol is a regular and accepted pleasure for most of us.

And it’s easy to see why.

Alcohol can act as a social lubricant and a reason for people to get together, helping conversation and enjoyment flow – though of course, beyond the ‘sweet spot’ of a couple of drinks, the effect can be reversed.

And until recently the science-backed wisdom was that taken in moderation it could even be good for our health.

Just what most of us wanted to hear.

But now new public health advice says there is no ‘safe’ alcohol limit as even small amounts can increase the risk of some cancers.

It says people who drink regularly should consume no more than 14 units a week – the equivalent of six pints of beer or seven glasses of wine.

Which means for the first time the limits are the same for men as for women.

This is a study in the UK, which apparently has developed a fairly serious drinking problem…

There are new studies debunking previous research linking moderate consumption with a range of health benefits, particularly reduced heart risk.

One huge UK-based population study published last year showed simply comparing alcohol consumption with health outcomes gave a clear protective benefit from moderate drinking.

But once former drinkers were taken out of the non-drinking group, these supposed benefits all but disappeared.

So the advice concludes that the benefits of alcohol for heart health only apply for women aged 55 and over – and even then in very small amounts, around five units a week.

And that is not enough to justify recommending drinking on health grounds.

The unpalatable truth is that alcohol contributes to more than 60 medical conditions, including many cancers, high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis and depression.

Hospital admissions due to alcohol have doubled in the past decade and it directly causes around 9,000 deaths a year in the UK.

Oh, well. Hey, anybody who’s ever had a hangover knows that booze isn’t particularly good for you, right? Just don’t overindulge, and wait for the next study that disagrees with this one.

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