How much can you drink and still be healthy?
Many of us enjoy alcohol for various reasons in what we consider to be healthy ways. After all, we’re living long, productive lives drinking the alcohol we please in the meantime. However, research and science don’t necessarily stand on our side in terms of what they consider a healthy amount of alcohol to consume.
Why Is Alcohol So Dangerous?
Science now says drinking any amount of alcohol is dangerous. The international medical journal called The Lancet based on a comprehensive report looked at 694 data sources as well as 592 studies, prospective and retrospective. They found that alcohol is a leading cause of death in today’s world.
There are numerous health risks associated with drinking, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, liver problems, diabetes, and on and on. The risks from alcohol don’t end there, unfortunately. Car accidents and other things associated with alcohol (things like bar fights, drowning, and even unintentional injuries, for instance) add to why drinking alcohol is considered dangerous, especially surpassing certain amounts regularly. The chances of an accident or altercation happening when alcohol is involved are just higher.
How Much Is Too Much?
Drinking even a moderate amount is linked to the aforementioned health issues. One drink per day increases the health risks by .5 percent. Even increasing that by just one drink per day causes the likelihood for health problems to skyrocket to seven percent. If you drink five drinks a day, you have a 37 percent higher likelihood of developing an associated health problem.