Booze Nooze: All Alcohol Consumption is Bad…Or Is It?
Welcome to This Week in Researchers Not Being Able to Agree on Something!
We've been sold that drinking in moderation is good for us, right? One or two drinks per day benefits your heart or something. Maybe it's your gull bladder. I digress.
But the University of Washington’s Max Griswold has co-authored a paper or whatever that was published in the Lancet medical journal, and he says that, “the strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries and infectious diseases” offsets any benefits that moderate boozing provides.
Robyn Burton of King’s College London (dang those Brits can party!) took it even further, saying, "[T]he conclusions of the study are clear and unambiguous: alcohol is a colossal global health issue.”
But wait! There's more!
A Brit that does know how to party, Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, asks why anyone would drink if it was bad for us.
Professor Dunbar argues for the social benefits of boozing. It's easier to make friends when drunk, and friends help "...protect us against outside threats and internal stresses..." and goes on to credit alcohol with the human race's "evolutionary success."
Success = good! I'm Team Dunbar!
Source: Daily Mail