A new study released in The Lancet, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, compiled data from the 2016 Global Burden of Disease Report and found a troubling piece of information: it appears that there is absolutely no amount of alcohol consumption, be it red wine, beer, liquor, or liqueur, that is safe for humans. Any amount of alcohol consumption poses a health risk, and is the leading risk factor for disease and premature death between women and mean between the ages of 15 and 49 in the year of 2016 worldwide. So, yeah, it’s pretty lethal.
In total, alcohol was associated with the deaths of 2.8 million people worldwide in 2016. Of those deaths, alcohol-related illnesses were included, like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and tuberculosis, as well as unintentional, alcohol-related injuries like drowning. Researchers were surprised to find that even a moderate amount of alcohol use contributed to a decrease in a person’s overall health and that a drink or two a day was not healthy, despite some scientific research suggesting that a glass of red wine a night might be good for heart health.
China, India, and Russia led the pack in terms of alcohol-related deaths, largely due to their high populations. The United States was still high-ranking in the list. Following the research, David Spiegelhalter, a University of Cambridge Professor, who was not involved in the study but released a statement on the research, said: “There is no safe level of driving, but governments do not recommend that people avoid driving. Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention.” To which we say: good point.