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A new study states that even the occasional drink is harmful to your health

This is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way. There is no healthy level of alcohol consumption.

The uncompromising message comes from the authors of the Global Burden of Diseases study, a rolling project based at the University of Washington, in Seattle, which produces the most comprehensive data on the causes of illness and death in the world.

Alcohol, says their report published in the Lancet medical journal, led to 2.8 million deaths in 2016. It was the leading risk factor for premature mortality and disability in the 15 to 49 age group, accounting for 20% of deaths.

Current alcohol drinking habits pose “dire ramifications for future population health in the absence of policy action today”, says the paper. “Alcohol use contributes to health loss from many causes and exacts its toll across the lifespan, particularly among men.”

Most national guidelines suggest there are health benefits to one or two glasses of wine or beer a day, they say. “Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none.”

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“The conclusions of the study are clear and unambiguous: alcohol is a colossal global health issue,” said Robyn Burton of King’s College London.

Read More at The Guardian

Lancet Medical Journal article

More at Newsweek, BBC, Fortune

Health and science myths and misconceptions

In this video you will learn about the following myths and misconceptions, and why they start and why they endure:

Health myths:

  • Detoxification is good for the body
  • Vitamin C helps colds
  • Spinach makes you stronger, and contains a lot of iron
  • Letting babies cry makes them stronger
  • Eating chocolate helps people lose weight
  • Strong liquor aids digestion
  • One glass of red wine is healthy

Science myths:

  • Passenger’s mobile phones and laptops can make airplanes lose control and crash
  • Listening to Mozart’s music makes children more intelligent
  • Man-made climate change is a lie

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