Zero Tolerance

The verdict is in: the only no-risk level of alcohol consumption is… zero, according to researchers behind the latest Global Burden of Diseases study.

Authors found that global alcohol consumption is a primary risk factor for health impacts like cancer and injuries and accounts for 20% of deaths among 15-49 year-olds. A Lancet commentary underscores the findings and adds that not only is zero alcohol the preferred recommendation, the small gains typically associated with low-risk consumption—a glass of red wine a day to reduce heart disease, for example—are categorically overshadowed by the increased risks of other health hazards like cancer.

The Guardian

 

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