Here I describe a large study which has the answer to your question:
The answer may not be what you want to hear. Details from the Global Health Study, which Bill and Melinda Gates funded, clearly show that no amount of alcohol is good. Here is a brief summary of the Global Health Study. The publication was published in
out (in English).
The study had 28 million participants in 195 countries with 649,000 deaths over 16 years.
Binge drinkers (wine and beer only at weekends) had a much shorter life expectancy than non-drinkers, namely 10 years!
What shortens life when you enjoy alcohol? The answer is: Sudden death from heart failure, aortic aneurysm, strokes from high blood pressure, deaths from traffic accidents, injuries, cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide are the main causes.
The leading cause of death between the ages of 15 and 49 for both men and women was alcohol consumption! Alcohol was responsible for one in 10 deaths.
Here are some statistics from the global health study
More than 300 different disabilities and diseases were directly related to alcohol consumption. Data were collected from 195 countries between 1990 and 2016.
Globally, 2.4 billion people drink alcohol. 25% are women, who consume about 0.73 drinks per day. 39% are men, who drink 1.7 drinks a day. These are average figures.
have drunk the most alcohol in the world.
For the annual group of 50 and above, the leading causes of death traffic accidents, suicide and tuberculosis.
Most deaths (this is true for all countries) from alcohol consumption come from various cardiovascular diseases and from cancer. This new study has compared drinkers with non-drinkers. It is clear that even one glass of one alcoholic drink a day causes a risk of premature death.
If someone decides on his 40th birthday to reduce his long-term alcohol consumption, then this will translate into a 1 to 2 year life extension.
Around the world, 2.8 million people of all ages die each year from alcohol-related illnesses.
Half of the world population does not drink alcoholic beverages at all. This means that those who drink alcoholic beverages consume twice as much as the statistics show.
Illnesses that are often not associated with alcohol
are often seen in isolation. But we know, for example, from binge drinkers (more than 7 alcoholic drinks per week) that heart disease is much more common than with non-drinkers. The extra deaths come from heart failure, strokes, high blood pressure with complications and aortic aneurysm.
It is relatively new that we know that alcohol can cause various types of cancer. Alcohol weakens the immune system. Alcohol also has a negative effect on the microbiome in the intestines. The negative influence on the bacterial composition in the intestine can be the cause of colon cancer. Liver cancer, mouth cancer and breast cancer are also directly related to increased alcohol consumption:
). Oesophageal cancer and cancer of the throat are also directly related to alcohol consumption.
Alcohol can stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin. This causes low blood sugar levels, which can lead to fainting spells. Because alcohol contains empty calories, it can lead to weight gain, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes leads to arteriosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
In the beginning of chronic alcohol consumption you may enjoy the relaxation that alcohol can bring. But that is just the toxic effect of alcohol on brain cells. Alcohol blocks the brain cells, which you experience as relaxation. You become super-social and silly. In reality, you start to lose control. After several years of alcohol consumption, the brain reacts with anxiety, depression and anger. This is the point where problems arise. When the alcohol removes the inhibitions, the drunks start brawling and injuries or death blows come faster than you think. Alcohol can cause memory loss and memory lapses. The hippocampus is an important part of the brain where short-term memory is switched over to long-term memory. Some form of dementia can be caused by chronic alcohol consumption. It’s called Korsakoff syndrome.
Alcohol dries out the skin and body cells. The face gets wrinkles and fine lines. The skin looks dried out and you are now seen by others as an early obsolete person. Alcohol can also cause problems with falling asleep. You get dark circles under your eyes and a bloated face. This is not good for your appearance and not good for what is going on in your body.
No amount of alcohol is good
A new study, longer than any other study, has shattered the myth that one drink for women per day and two drinks for men per day could protect against heart disease. The study showed that heart attacks are somewhat improved with small doses of alcohol. But all other heart diseases only get worse with alcohol consumption. For example, sudden heart death with heart failure or from a rupture of the aorta is much more common with higher alcohol consumption. Even small amounts of alcohol consumed over a long period of time have these negative effects on health.
If you compare the life expectancy of non-drinkers with the life expectancy of drinkers, the non-drinkers live on average 10 years longer.
One should study the statistics of this worldwide study more closely and learn from them.
First published here (in English):