Alcohol isn’t the healthiest of vices, but many claim there are some benefits to drinking it in moderation. But a new study has ended all our hopes, at least for those under 40, finding that alcohol provided no health benefits for this rather broad age group.
The studypublished on Lancet Medical Journal, is global and the first of its kind, taking into account factors such as geographic locations, gender, age, and more. It revealed that men between the ages of 15 and 39 are most at risk of harm from alcohol.
“Using estimates of alcohol consumption in 204 countries, the researchers calculated that 1.34 billion people consumed harmful amounts in 2020,” reads the press release of the study. “In each region, the largest segment of the population drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol was males aged 15-39 and for this age group alcohol consumption provides no health and poses many health risks, with 60% of alcohol-related injuries occurring among people in this age group, including road accidents, suicides and homicides.
In the case of people over the age of 40, drinking small amounts of alcohol was associated with certain benefits, such as a lower risk of heart disease, especially if these people lived in places with a lot of heart disease. . There was a caveat: for these people to receive benefits, they had to have no underlying health conditions.
“Our message is simple: Young people shouldn’t drink, but older people can benefit from drinking small amounts. While it may not be realistic to think that young adults will abstain from drinking, we believe it is important to communicate the latest evidence so that everyone can make informed decisions about their health,” said the lead author, Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou, who is also a professor. at the University of Washington.
So drinking is bad for you, but also, the world is on fire. Researchers should give us all some slack.
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