Drinking even moderate levels of alcohol regularly can lead to an increased risk of developing health problems, reports Rachael Rettner of Live Science. A study published in the Lancet medical journal found that abstinence from alcohol, while highly unpopular, is the best solution to stay healthy. Analyzing data from almost 200 countries, it tied 10% of deaths to alcohol among those aged 15-49 years. Health benefits that drinking may have were outweighed by the negative sides. Alcohol is the seventh-biggest cause of early death. Even having just one drink a day causes the chance of health issues to go up by 0.5% over one year.
It is possible to drink regular, moderate amounts of alcohol without major health problems, asserts James Hamblin of The Atlantic. The 2018 study published in The Lancet medical journal looked at vast amounts of data without going into the details and nuance of alcohol consumption. While alcohol, as a whole, does have adverse effects on the body, it can be a force of good. Even The Lancet’s study found that a daily drink of alcohol can ward off diseases like diabetes and ischemic heart disease. Social factors of alcohol consumption also bring benefits. Ultimately, the health downsides found by the study were minute.