A Glass Of Wine A Day Prolongs Life? No, It Increases The Risk Of Death

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A Glass Of Wine A Day Prolongs Life? No, It Increases The Risk Of Death
A Glass Of Wine A Day Prolongs Life? No, It Increases The Risk Of Death
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A glass of wine a day prolongs life? No, it increases the risk of death

A daily glass of wine is not as healthy as many people think, according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Regular consumption of even small doses of alcohol is associated with a high risk of premature death.

A glass of wine a day prolongs life? No, it increases the risk of death
A glass of wine a day prolongs life? No, it increases the risk of death

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A daily glass of wine is not as healthy as many people think, according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Regular consumption of even small doses of alcohol is associated with a high risk of premature death.

Analyzing data from more than 400,000 people between the ages of 18 and 85, the researchers found that drinking 1-2 standard drinks four or more times a week (which does not exceed current medical guidelines) increased the risk of premature death by 20%, compared to drinking the same dose only three times a week or less. The increased risk of death remained at the same time in different age groups.

“It used to be thought that 1-2 standard drinks a day was not particularly harmful, and there was even some research suggesting that it could improve health. But now we know that even low drinkers are at increased risk of death,”says study author Sarah M. Hartz, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.

While previous research has linked moderate alcohol consumption to improved cardiovascular health, Hartz says their research suggests that other risks outweigh the potential benefits. Her team of researchers assessed the risk of heart disease and the risk of cancer, finding that while alcohol consumption may indeed reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems in some cases, daily alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer and, as a result, the risk of death.

“Consuming 1-2 standard drinks four days a week seemed to protect against cardiovascular disease, but daily drinking neutralized these benefits. As for cancer, any alcohol consumption was harmful,”says Hartz.

The new study was published shortly after the publication of another study in the Lancet, which looked at data from over 700 studies from around the world. Then the researchers concluded that the safest level of alcohol consumption is not to drink at all. But this study looked at all types of alcohol consumption, from low to high alcohol doses. The new analysis focused on low drinkers, that is, those who consumed only 1-2 standard doses per day.

Researchers focused on two large groups of people in the United States: 340,668 participants aged 18-85 in the National Health Survey, and another 93,653 people aged 40-60 who were outpatients in veterans' clinics. …

“The 20 percent increase in the risk of death is a particularly serious problem for older people, who are already at higher risk. Relatively few people die at age 20, so a 20 percent increase in mortality at that age is not as dangerous, but still significant. As people age, their risk of dying from any cause also increases,”says Hartz.

She argues that some doctors may recommend that people who have frequent heart disease in the family drink occasionally, but if the family has a lot of cancer, then doctors should better recommend refraining from alcohol.

“Overall, I think people should no longer count a glass of wine a day as having any health benefits,” says Dr. Harz.

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