Alcohol – What’s a Healthy Amount

by Dr Nick

Media Coverage of Alcohol

This week I’m talking about Alcohol consumption and the recent study published in the Lancet:

Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

Which generated a slew of coverage in the media with headlines like this:

Drinking Health
NPR Coverage: No Amount of Alcohol is Good for You Media


Yikes! Those of you that know me will understand how distressing that is for this Whisky Librarian. Taking a look at the details behind the study things are maybe not as dire as they first seem

Is that really the case and what might it mean for you and your health?

The study was a Meta-Analysis and things aren’t always quite that simple and while the underlying facts are that harm increases with each additional drink, the additional risk of having one drink (unit of alcohol) per day revealed in this study is not as large as the headlines seem to suggest and that means for your decision on alcohol consumption you should take account of the details before you start panicking about enjoying a drink every so often.

For clarity – I am probably biased given I am well known as a Whisky Librarian and enjoying a wee dram of whisky every so often but I’ve tried to present the data and allow you to make your own decisions

Listen in to find out the details of the study and what they mean to you and what Incremental Steps you should be taking regarding alcohol consumption and your health

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