Does alcohol harm in small quantities?

According to the Yearbook Addiction 2018, German citizens aged 15 and over consume on average 10. 7 litres of pure alcohol in the form of 134 litres of various alcoholic beverages.

Consumption of more than 100 grams of pure alcohol per week, which is equivalent to about 2.5 litres of beer or one litre of wine, is considered harmful.Life expectancy is shortened and the risk of heart disease increases. The exact results of this study, in which German scientists were also involved, were published in English in the journal “The Lancet“.

These are important findings of the study:

for 40-year-olds, the lifespan is shortened compared to a comparison group that does not drink

  • by six months if they consume between 100 grams and 200 grams of pure alcohol per week,
  • by one to two years if they drink between 200 grams and 350 grams of pure alcohol per week,
  • and by four to five years if they drink more than 350 grams of pure alcohol per week.

If alcohol consumption exceeds the limit of 100 grams per week, the risk of aortic aneurysms,strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure increases.

On the other hand, the risk of non-fatal heart attacks decreases, which the researchers explain by the fact that the value of a blood fat, which has a positive effect on the vessels, increases through moderate consumption.

The most important consequence of the new study is that the consumption of a quantity of alcohol that was previously considered safe, but already involve the risks described above.

For women, exceeding the limit value increases the risk of breast cancer, but also of the R. for esophageal and oral cancer.

Other articles dealing with this topic include:

Yearbook Addiction 2018: Germany has an alcohol problem – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Health

Alcohol: How heavy drinking increases the risk of dementia – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Health

and in particular this article:

Myth or medicine: Is the daily glass really healthy?– SPIEGEL ONLINE – Health

Source of the Yearbook Addiction 2018:

DHS: Yearbook Addiction

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