Here's some news that’s sure to upset your weekend plans: no amount of alcohol is safe for you, according to science. Researchers came to this upsetting conclusion after a recent analysis of nearly 700 studies in medical journal The Lancet. The studies concluded that alcohol's health risks far outweigh any possible health benefits. So forget what you've heard about a glass of red wine a day being the key to losing weight or a long life.
“The conclusions of the study are clear and unambiguous: alcohol is a colossal global health issue,” said Robyn Burton of King’s College London, one of the study's authors, according to Bloomberg. “The solutions are straightforward: Increasing taxation creates income for hard-pressed health ministries, and reducing the exposure of children to alcohol marketing has no downsides.”
The stats are hard to ignore. According to Bloomberg, the study reports that the "chemical in beer, wine and hard liquor is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people ages 15 to 49 around the world." Causes of those deaths can range from road injuries to self harm to tuberculosis. For ages 50 and over, the leading alcohol-related cause of death was cancer. Guess it's a good time to be obsessed with seltzer, or start mixing up some of these refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.
H/T: Grub Street
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