The headline to this story is an alternative interpretation of a study that’s going around this week in the news under headlines like “No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe, Experts Warn,” “No Healthy Level of Alcohol Consumption, Says Major Study,” and “If You’ve Ever Tasted Alcohol, Get Your Affairs in Order.”
The last headline is not real, but you get the idea.
I’m not saying the headlines are sensationalized. The researchers wrote in their lengthy article in the medical journal The Lancet: “The conclusions of the study are clear and unambiguous: Alcohol is a colossal global-health issue and small reductions in health-related harms at low levels of alcohol intake are outweighed by the increased risk of other health-related harms, including cancer. There is strong support here for the guideline published by the Chief Medical Officer of the U.K. who found that there is ‘no safe level of alcohol consumption.’”
This is scary for me, personally, as someone who consumes red wine regularly and already has enough regrets. Didn’t I just see not too long ago that a glass or two was good for my heart or brain? And that many of the longest-living, healthiest populations in the world incorporate moderate amounts of alcohol into an overall healthy lifestyle, and that it’s this comprehensive approach to health that should be emulated instead of picking and choosing from various approaches?