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There Is No Amount Of Safe Drinking, Study Says

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If you have ever seen the show Scandal, you have known that the title character Olivia Pope had a great deal of stress. How she dealt with that stress certainly wasn’t novel: a giant glass of nice red wine at the end of the day. That, and popcorn, made for her dinner on many nights. Somehow, during the day she was flawless and poised.

Ann Dowsett Johnston, Author of DRINK: THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOMEN AND ALCOHOL, says that women in particular are drinking way more than they used to. “Wine has become the code for 'I deserve it, parenting is hard, I need to decompress,” she says. Mommy wine festivals, wine and yoga, wine paint nights – there are certainly ample opportunities for women to imbibe these days. (1)

What’s the harm in a glass or two?

A global study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says a lot. While the common consensus used to be that a glass of wine for women and two glasses per day for men was “healthy” this study suggests that no amount of alcohol is safe. (2)

Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation, says, "While there may be a slight benefit to heart and circulatory health from modest drinking, many studies have shown that the overall health risks of drinking alcohol outweigh any benefits."

While we may be paying much more attention to the opioid crisis, in reality, far more people are dying of alcohol every year than drug overdoses. (1) Alcohol accounts for nearly one in ten deaths and the US ranks seventh in the world in terms of alcohol-related deaths in women. Even small amounts of alcohol can contribute to health loss globally. (2) For ages 50 and up, cancer is the leading cause of alcohol related death. For under 50, road-injuries, self-harm and tuberculous were the leading causes. (Tuberculous is very rare in the US). (3)

People who have even just one alcoholic beverage a day have 0.5% higher risk of developing one of 23 alcohol-related health problems. This nixes the assumption that moderate drinking is a healthy endeavor.

1.    'Pinking' of alcohol marketing spurs culture of 'wine moms,' says author Ann Dowsett Johnston. CBC News. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ann-johnston-women-wine-moms-1.4517510 Retrieved 23 October 2018.

2.    LaMotte, Sandra. No amount of alcohol is good for your overall health, global study says. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/23/health/global-alcohol-study/index.html  Retrieved 23 October 2018

3.    Ducharme, Jamie. A New Study Says Any Amount of Drinking Is Bad For You. Here’s What Experts Say. Time Magazine. http://time.com/5376552/how-much-alcohol-to-drink-study/Retrieved 23 September 2018.

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4.    Why Are “Sober Months” All the Rage Right Now? Mel Magazine. https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/why-are-sober-months-all-the-rage-right-nowRetrieved 23 September 2018.

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