A new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs casts doubt on many claims that moderate alcohol consumption is good for you.
The study, conducted Dr. Tim Stockwell at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, analysed 87 historic studies which all concluded alcohol consumption is healthy at moderate doses.
Dr. Stockell exposed many of these studies as poorly designed and (not surprisingly) biased.
Dr. Stockell accused these studies of unethical practices.
For instance, the state of health of 'moderate' drinkers in these older studies was unfairly compared to alcohol 'abstainers' who were either elderly or for consisting of people who had recently given up alcohol due to poor health.
Moderate drinkers were not compared to fit and healthy abstainers because these alcohol-industry financed studies would not have been able to have drawn up favourable conclusions about the health benefits of moderate drinking as a result.
Dr. Tim Stockwell said: 'A fundamental question is, who are these moderate drinkers being compared against?'.
To prove this, Dr. Stockwell's study compared the health of moderate drinkers to that of fit and healthy abstainers of a similar age.
The results of the study were clear: when compared to fit and healthy abstainers, the longevity benefits of drinking alcohol for the moderate drinkers vanished.
Shockingly, Dr. Stockwell's study overwhelmingly proved the abstainers were healthier than their moderate drinking peers.
However, Dr. Stockwell conceded there may be potential health benefits for those that practice 'occasional drinking' as opposed 'moderate drinking.'
’Occasional drinkers’ are people who consume less than one alcoholic drink per week.
Dr. Stockwell concluded: 'There's a general idea out there that alcohol is good for us, because that's what you hear reported all the time, but there are many reasons to be sceptical.'
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