Moderate daily drinking will not improve your health.
As a growing number of addiction and alcohol consumption researchers have been pointing out, the notion of a safe and even beneficial level of daily drinking is outmoded and in error. In an article published in Lancet, researchers offer strong evidence against the theory, based on data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study of 195 countries and territories.
In an accompanying commentary, researchers note that the data "clearly demonstrate the substantial, and larger than previously estimated, contribution of alcohol to death, disability, and ill health, globally." Moreover, the Chief Medical Officer of the UK announced that there is “no safe level of alcohol consumption” and suggested that policies designed to decrease daily drinking should receive top priority.
(See my post from 2015 predicting the death of the "moderate drinking" meme.)
U.S. death rate from alcohol-related liver disease is soaring.
"Deaths from liver disease have increased sharply in recent years in the United States, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, the study said. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the report said.
"Over the past decade, people ages 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths — an average of 10.5 percent per year — of the demographic groups examined, researchers reported.
Officials halt government study on moderate drinking funded by alcohol industry
“The extensive government trial was intended to settle an age-old question about alcohol and diet: Does a daily cocktail or beer really protect against heart attacks and stroke?
To find out, the National Institutes of Health gave scientists $100 million to fund a global study comparing people who drink with those who don’t. Its conclusions could have enshrined alcohol as part of a healthy diet. As it turned out, much of the money for the study came from the alcohol industry. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that officials at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) part of the N.I.H., had solicited that funding from alcohol manufacturers, a violation of federal policy.
On Friday, an advisory panel to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the N.I.H., recommended that the trial be stopped altogether. Shortly afterward, Dr. Collins agreed.”