A remarkable study suggests that drinking booze may actually improve your health, but there's one major caveat that people should be aware of.
As it turns out, drinking to your health may actually be a real thing, and having a little wine or beer to unwind may even lower the odds of a premature death. But not surprisingly there’s a catch, as how much you drink appears to be the real key, and as usual, moderation is the name of the game.
The new study examined health survey data on 333,000 U.S. adults, which followed them for about eight years, allowing researchers to compare their drinking habits to survival odds. They found that compared to those who avoided alcohol, those who drank light to moderately were 20 percent less likely to die early of any cause and especially heart disease.
Those who drink heavily were at least 10 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to the study, and cancer was the biggest threat to binge drinkers. So go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine, just resist the urge to pour yourself a second.
“Light-to-moderate drinking can lower risk of mortality from all-causes and cardiovascular disease, while heavy drinking can significantly increase risk of mortality from all-causes and cancer, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology,” reads a statement from the journal. “High alcohol consumption has been liked to a host of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, but alcohol in moderation is widely recommended. However, despite these recommendations, studies on the risk of mortality among light-to-moderate drinkers are inconsistent. Researchers in this study examined the association between alcohol consumption and risk of mortality from all causes, cancer and cardiovascular disease in the U.S.”