There’s no shortage of studies claiming that moderate wine drinkers have healthier hearts. Same goes for light consumption of other sorts of alcohol. But a new deep research dive into the topic basically says to put a cork in it. Investigators found little evidence to support the earlier booze-is-good-for-you findings.
That’s the takeaway of a new study in the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers sifted through 45 previous studies and found flaws in the methodology. One of them is that subjects referred to as “non-drinkers” could have actually been former drinkers who turned teetotaler or cut down for health reasons. As such, they are less healthy than moderate drinkers but not because they never touched alcohol. Their health may influence their drinking choices — in other words, they may not drink because their health is poor.
“We can’t prove it one way or another,” said researcher Tim Stockwell, Ph.D., director of the Center for Addictions Research at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. “The notion that one or two drinks a day is doing us good may just be wishful thinking.”
Another study backs that up. Researchers followed more than 9,100 adults from the UK aged between 23 and 55. Moderate drinkers — those who had up to two alcoholic beverages a day — were found to have a lower risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. But that wasn’t the case when the researchers analyzed drinking habits of younger people — 55 and under — and then followed them to an older age when they are more at-risk of heart disease.
The study shouldn’t be read as a reason to quit drinking. “The risks of low-level drinking are small,” Stockwell said. On the other hand, alcohol isn’t a wonder drug that wards off disease.
by Joe Dziemianowicz – nydailynews.com