Alcohol study researchers released a new report this week that, if true, may have just killed our will to go on. Apparently, no amount of alcohol is good for you.
Even if you consider yourself one of us “light to moderate drinker,” reducing intake can result in health benefits.
Science Daily looked at the report in-depth on Thursday and came to some disturbing conclusions for alcohol drinkers.
From the report:
Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The latest findings call into question previous studies which suggest that consuming light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol (0.6-0.8 fluid ounces/day) may have a protective effect on cardiovascular health.
If that’s not depressing enough, here’s how the researchers were able to arrive at their conclusion. They “reviewed evidence from more than 50 studies that linked drinking habits and cardiovascular health for over 260,000 people,” SD noted, adding that “Researchers found that individuals who carry a specific gene which typically leads to lower alcohol consumption over time have, on average, superior cardiovascular health records.”
If these individuals consume 17 percent less alcohol per week, they have on average a 10 percent reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure and a lower BMI.
“These new results are critically important to our understanding of how alcohol affects heart disease. Contrary to what earlier reports have shown, it now appears that any exposure to alcohol has a negative impact upon heart health,” says co-lead author Michael Holmes, MD, PhD, research assistant professor in the department of Transplant Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
“For some time, observational studies have suggested that only heavy drinking was detrimental to cardiovascular health, and that light consumption may actually be beneficial. This has led some people to drink moderately based on the belief that it would lower their risk of heart disease. However, what we’re seeing with this new study, which uses an investigative approach similar to a randomized clinical trial, is that reduced consumption of alcohol, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may lead to improved cardiovascular health.”
Even worse for alcohol drinkers, it was recently reported by The Inquisitr that around one in 10 working adults die due to alcohol consumption each year.
The latest alcohol study was funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Council, SD notes, and it represents an international collaboration that includes 155 investigators from the UK, continental Europe, Australia, and North America.
You can find out more on the study at this link.
Do these latest alcohol study findings make you want to quit drinking altogether?
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