Moderate Alcohol Drinking May Not Provide Health Benefits
Several recent studies discovered that moderate alcohol consumption could improve health. For instance, it can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, researchers from the University of Greifswald in Germany conducted a new study that rejects the idea that alcohol consumption is good for one’s health.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reported that 14.5 million people in the US aged 12 years or older are living with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Individuals who suffer from AUD can’t stop or control their alcohol consumption, leading to health problems. Moreover, each year, around 95,000 people in the US die from alcohol-related reasons.
Earlier research indicates that people who consume alcohol in moderation have a longer life expectancy than those who don’t drink alcoholic beverages. An older study found that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol may live longer than those who consume alcohol once in a while. However, the new research suggests that people who don’t consume alcohol have a lower life expectancy than those who do due to other high-risk factors. This opposes the idea that low or moderate alcohol consumption is linked to health benefits.
The researchers found that people who never drank alcohol and those who avoided intake of any alcohol a year before the study was conducted and had no former risk factors did not have a higher mortality rate than people who consumed low to moderate amounts of alcohol. In addition to that, the research also revealed a direct connection between additional alcohol-related risk and smoking. It was concluded that smoking tobacco might promote alcohol consumption.
The study results suggest that individuals who abstain from alcohol don’t usually have a higher death risk than moderate alcohol drinkers. Furthermore, the research team believes that former alcohol consumption may still impact health, no matter whether people abstain from alcohol later in life. Dr. John, one of the researchers, wants to conduct an additional study in the future that will focus on the impact of moderate alcohol consumption on the likelihood of death.
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