We all know that alcohol consumption is big business. Many t.v. shows seem to “push” drinking by having the characters drink when they come home from work, Madame Secretary and House of Cards come to mind here. Being me, this has always made me uncomfortable. I didn’t grow up in a drinking family…in fact, we only had some wine at holiday dinners. One memorial night, my Dad partook too much and was extraordinarily sick for two days. This of course, turned me into a skeptic regarding the joys of drinking. I later learned that my initial thoughts were correct. And, since alcohol is a depressant I tend to drink not at all. However, I’ve been told by many that the health benefits out way the negative impacts, and, of course, the old “everything in moderation” attitude. I don’t know about that, there are plenty of things that I wouldn’t do, even in “moderation”.
However, a recently published study shows that alcohol consumption leads to health problems. After studying the results of hundreds of studies, researchers concluded that alcohol consummation was the seventh leading risk factor in death. The more you drink, the higher your risk factor rises for many diseases, including cancer, tuberculosis, strokes, heart disease, along with diabetes, and other diseases. I’ve left the link to the study below.
While there are many out there who are saying that the research is flawed, this is not the first study that has stated the there is no amount of alcohol use that is “good” for you. I’ve also left a link to a report regarding money and “scientific” research into the benefits of alcohol. Like all money-making endeavors, follow who paid for the study, and you will find out who stands to benefit from a specific outcome.