Are health benefits of Alcohol a myth?

Moderate alcohol consumption has been touted as protective and that alcohol in moderation may be good for health.

You often hear people saying that “Very few things in life that are good for health are also pleasurable” . Alcohol was thought to be an exception to this this rule.

But a recent study bursts the myth that alcohol may have health benefits.

The Chinese study in collaboration with University of Oxford found that ” even a small drink a day increases risk of stroke”.

Another study last year also indicated that there is no safe level of drinking.

So the message is that if you do drink ( and don’t want to stop altogether) cut it down as much as possible and have at least a few alcohol free days !!!


1. BBC news. 5 April 2019. Even one drink a day increases stroke risk, study finds

2. BBC. 24 August 2018
No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms

3. The Lancet ( medical journal ) Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

GBD 2016 Alcohol Collaborators
Open AccessPublished:August 23, 2018

4. The Lancet ( medical journal )

Conventional and genetic evidence on alcohol and vascular disease aetiology: a prospective study of 500 000 men and women in China

VOLUME 393, ISSUE 10183, P1831-1842, MAY 04, 2019

Disclaimer: Please note- This blog is NOT medical advice. This blog is purely for information only. See your own doctor to discuss concerns and options relevant for you.