Moderate drinking increases risk of mortality says a new study despite the opinion that moderate drinking provides health benefits. The aims of this article are sectioned into 4 parts: 1. Conclusions of the April 2023 Study. 2. Clarify whether red wine goes with a healthy diet. 3. Explain how red wine may worsen your health and social conditions. 4. Detail who may reap the benefits of red wine.
So, according to the April 2023 study, light to moderate drinking of alcohol does not provide any health benefits. This contradicts the well-known belief that having a glass or two of alcohol can be good for your health. Surprisingly, the new study went on to conclude that in actual fact moderate drinking increases your risk of mortality.
The study also made other conclusions:
- Moderate drinkers didn’t have a lower mortality risk than non-drinkers.
- Low-volume alcohol drinking was not associated with protection against death from all causes.
- There is a “significantly increased risk of all-cause mortality” among females who consumed 25 or more grams of alcohol daily and males who consumed 45 or more grams per day.
How Many Drinks Are In 25 and 45 Grams Of Alcohol?
In the United States, the CDC defines a standard drink as having about 14 grams of alcohol. That amount is usually found in:
- 12 ounces of beer with 5% alcohol content,
- 8 ounces of malt liquor with 7% alcohol content,
- 5 ounces of wine with 12% alcohol content,
- 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor with 40% alcohol content, such as gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey.
Therefore, the study shows that the evidence of the health benefits of alcohol is “increasingly weak.” Hence there is the need to be very wary and doubtful of scientific evidence or scientific studies suggesting there are health benefits.
Does Red Wine Go Well With A Healthy Diet?
Can I still enjoy an occasional glass of red wine? Red wine is rich in resveratrol and other antioxidants that may benefit blood sugar control, heart health, and inflammation. On balance, most healthy people choose a lifestyle that mixes good habits with a few guilty pleasures. Walk a mile or so every day, for example, and your health would not be compromised by the occasional bag of chips. Likewise, moderate wine consumption can be harmless and likely to yield the most benefit in healthy people who take good care of themselves.
Also, moderate wine consumption may help protect against excess weight gain. Some nutritionists have suggested a weight-loss diet that regularly includes red wine. After all, drinking a glass or two will not add to your weight. Instead, it is what you do under the influence of alcohol that has the biggest impact on your weight loss. This is because your inhibition is lower when drinking alcohol and you are more likely to consume more calories from food. But in the context of a healthy diet, if you are eating a lot of sweet and starchy foods, by contrast, you will need to exercise to burn up the excess sugars. And the wine is not likely to do you any favors.
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Your Conditions Are Worsened By Alcohol
If you have conditions, consuming alcohol will worsen your situation. So whether your conditions are medical or social, you should not consume wine or any other alcohol. These conditions include hypertriglyceridemia, pancreatitis, liver disease, hypertension, depression, and congestive heart failure.
Therefore if you are suffering from these diseases, or have any doubt about a condition or medication that may interact with alcohol, talk to your doctor before having a single drink.
Who May Reap The Benefits of Red Wine?
Individuals who consume moderate amounts of wine have reduced rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. There are a number of intangibles when it comes to who may reap the health benefits of red wine. For instance, there are those who may be drawn to it for health benefits, to increase happiness, or reduce depression. However, drinking beyond moderation has clear impacts on your health. Regularly drinking more wine than recommended increases your risk of developing cancer, liver disease, and chronic pancreatic, and sleep disorder.
On a last note, previous research claimed people who drink moderately are less likely to die of heart disease and other health problems than heavy drinkers or abstainers. However, recent research found moderate drinking increases risk of mortality. Similarly, the World Health Organization earlier this year, said that “when it comes to alcohol consumption, there is no safe amount that does not affect health.”
If you are a red wine lover, hope you will enjoy your glass in the best of spirits. Here’s to your good health. But if you suffer serious conditions, take a walk on the cautious side, and drink water.