Review shows alcohol has no net health benefits

Review shows alcohol has no net health benefits

A review of several long-term studies on alcohol and death rates has shown that moderate drinking does not offer net health benefits as stated by many.

A team of researchers from Canada conducted a review of 87 long-term studies on the subject and concluded that the health benefits of moderate drinking are over stated. Some of the studied had claimed earlier that moderate drinking offers benefits like healthier hearts and longer life. Moderate drinking id defined as no more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day for men or one standard drink a day for women.

Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research in British Columbia conducted the review that included studies on alcohol and mortality on nearly four million people and more than 367,000 deaths.

The researchers concluded that there should be a sceptical position when it comes to net health benefits. "We should drink alcohol for pleasure. But if you think it's for your health, you're deluding yourself," he said. Stockwell said that researchers often ignored other protective factors among drinkers including wealth and eating more fruits and vegetables.

The review was published in the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs on Tuesday.