Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Challenging the Social Norms on Alcohol

According to a recent press report the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the UK has recently advised that 'there is no safe level of alcohol consumption' and that Britain's social norms when it comes to alcohol 'need to be challenged' (See: Give Up All Alcohol or Risk Dementia). Advocates of alcohol sometimes point to research suggesting that if you drink a glass or red wine per day it may reduce your risk of heart disease (see: Red Wine Good for Your Heart?). However, the overall consensus amongst health professionals is that drinking alcohol carries many more risks to your health than benefits. Even if giving up alcohol altogether is unrealistic for you or not something you want to do (I haven't gone that far myself!), it is worth keeping your alcohol use to occasional low levels rather than binge drinking or indulging in regular significant consumption.

You find out more about the risks of alcohol use from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the national public health body in the USA) at the link below :

Alcohol Use and Your Health

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