A study reviewing nearly 700 existing studies on global drinking prevalence found that no amount of alcohol consumption is safe for overall health. Literally none. This is contrary to what many public health officials have been saying for years, that moderate drinking won’t really be harmful and may even confer some health benefits (there goes my reason to drink more). The study found that when compared to non-drinkers, people who consumed one alcoholic beverage per day had a 0.5% higher risk of developing one of 23 alcohol related health problems (cancer, tuberculosis, road injuries and so on). Furthermore, the health risks increase exponentially the more you drink, with an increase by 7% for 2 drinks per day and 37% at 5 drinks per day. While medical professionals are certain that drinking has health risks, the benefits remain uncertain and thus they simply advise drinking in moderation. Perhaps the only benefit that I definitely know is that I would be having a good time.
Written by Ashley Koh