New Medical Study Says Any Alcohol Use Is Unhealthy

Jake Wells

For many years, scientists have been studying how alcohol use affects our bodies. Research has also linked it to an increased risk of various cancers and reduced brain volume over time. (source)

A new study was published last week, in JAMA Network Open, examined genetic and medical data of nearly 400,000 people through the U.K. Biobank, a large research database in Britain containing genetic, lifestyle and health information available for public health research. The study asked about the risk of cardiovascular disease associated with different amounts of habitual alcohol consumption.

In this study of 371 463 individuals, genetic evidence supported a nonlinear, consistently risk-increasing association between all amounts of alcohol consumption and both hypertension and coronary artery disease. In other words, any alcohol use at all led to greater risk of cardiovascular health issues. (Source)

I know what you're thinking. This is just one study, how can we really believe it when we look at all of the other studies that have taken place over the years? Let's look closer at that information.

How Does This Measure Up With Other Evidence?

Research has long suggested that drinking an occasional glass of red wine is good for you. Red wine provides antioxidants, may promote longevity, and can help protect against heart disease and harmful inflammation, among other benefits. (Source) That information was Healthline, a very reputable source. Here is the key takeaway that is often not mentioned: it is important to remember that drinking wine is not healthy for everyone, nor is it necessary. You can reap the same benefits by consuming a healthy diet. And the other key word is occasional. Drinking red wine or any form of alcohol on a regular basis can be unhealthy. Essentially, the more you drink leads to more health issues. Will this study have any effect on drinking and the many businesses based on alcohol? It is difficult to say.

Do you agree with this finding or do you think it contradicts other studies?

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