Global Burden of Disease: No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption


A large new global study published has confirmed: there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

Although drinking alcohol may protect the consumers from heart disease, the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections. Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for death and disability.

Also, the researchers considered several factors along with their statistics’ results.

Is moderate drinking risky?

The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries between 1990 and 2016. The data they collected wasfrom 15 to 95-year-old consumers. Then they compared people who did not drink at all with those who had ONE alcoholic drink a day.

Their result is astounding. Researchers found that “out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.”

However, an extra four people would be affected if they drank one alcoholic drink a day.

For people who had two alcoholic drinks a day, 63 more developed a condition within a year; for those who consumed five drinks every day, there was an increase of 338 people, who developed a health problem.

According to Prof. Sonia Saxena, one of the researchers, the problem is that “most people are not drinking just one drink a day.”

Do you agree with the study and its conclusion?


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