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EARTHDATE: September 23, 2018

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by Hazed

In yet another contradiction from health spokespeople, now we are being told that there is no safe level of alcohol and that even the smallest amount raises your risk of death.

Previous studies have shown that moderate drinking may protect against heart disease, but a new global study says this is outweighed by the risk of cancer and other diseases.

So, should we be worried? Should we give up alcohol altogether?

Well not really. The increased risk is very small indeed. The researchers found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.

If they drank one alcoholic drink a day, an extra four people would be affected.

That’s such a small amount that I don’t think it is statistically significant.

Besides, in response to this study, Prof David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, commented: “Given the pleasure presumably associated with moderate drinking, claiming there is no ‘safe’ level does not seem an argument for abstention. There is no safe level of driving, but the government does not recommend that people avoid driving.

“Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention.”

Very sensible. I raise a glass to you, sir!

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45283401

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