Overall, the United States received a wake-up call when reports officially claimed that alcohol (no matter the quantity) is 100% bad for your health. In fact, the group of scientists who supervised the study claim that there is no safe level of drinking, completely contrasting with the notion that a small shot of alcohol in the evening can help you stay healthy. As a result of scrutiny, both studies entered a tailspin, sending the public into a downward spiral of confusion. Critics have argued that the study simply states that no amount of alcohol is healthy and have claimed this notion is shorthanded. On that note, let’s take a closer look at the bizarre argument about the “safe amount of alcohol.”
One Glass Is All It Takes
According to epidemiologist John Ionnidis (Stanford University), both studies confirm that alcohol is a major source of health problems (and addiction, in some cases) but simply address that no amount of booze is safe for humans. As part of both meta-analyses, collective observational studies tracked the drinking patterns of test subjects. In part, the research team from the University of Cambridge utilized 83 studies utilized that sought to determine a link between alcohol abuse and heart problems (focusing on an estimated 600,000 people from 19 countries).
Some Interesting Results
As part of the first study, the team at the University of Cambridge confirmed that people who consumed an excess of 7 drinks per week (about 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits) experienced a lower life expectancy overall. Likewise, these same test subjects demonstrated a higher risk for illnesses like stroke, heart failure, and aneurysm.
Keep in mind that the second study functioned under the observation that alcohol (in any amount) is completely toxic to human health. As part of this analysis, the research team at the University of Washington (Seattle) discovered that people who drank more than the established amount of alcohol were automatically putting themselves at a higher risk for tuberculosis, diabetes, and a variety of cancers.
Seeking Treatment for Alcoholism and Alcohol Use Disorder
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.