New al­co­hol con­sump­tion guide­lines

The News (New Glasgow) - - CLASSIFIEDS / LIFESTYLES - Drs. Oz & Roizen

Q: It’s now be­ing re­ported that there’s no amount of al­co­hol con­sump­tion that’s good for you. I thought it was good for the heart to have one or two glasses of wine a day. What’s the story? — Tyler K., New Or­leans

A: For years, we docs have said that one al­co­holic drink for women and one or two for men is an ac­cept­able daily health risk be­cause al­co­hol has car­dio­vas­cu­lar ben­e­fits, even though it also in­creases the risk of can­cer (for ex­am­ple, drink­ing any­thing al­co­holic ups breast can­cer risk for women). But now, new re­search from Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity School of Medicine in St. Louis found that drink­ing that amount may in­crease a per­son’s risk of pre­ma­ture death by 20 per cent.

The re­searchers an­a­lyzed data from more than 400,000 peo­ple and found that even when folks had slight im­prove­ments in car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, their risk of other health-re­lated prob­lems, such as can­cer, out­weighed the ben­e­fits. That study came on the heels of re­search pub­lished in The Lancet that re­viewed data from more than 700 stud­ies and con­cluded there’s no amount of al­co­hol that’s good for you.

How­ever, these were self-re­ported ob­ser­va­tional stud­ies and all ob­ser­va­tional stud­ies can be skewed when peo­ple mis­re­port how much they drink and their health info and habits, whether in­ten­tion­ally or not. That said, we docs are con­tin­u­ing our reg­u­lar, low con­sump­tion.

But be­fore you de­cide whether to keep drink­ing or not — it is an in­di­vid­ual choice — check out Go Sober For Oc­to­ber, a fundrais­ing ef­fort in the U.K. that at­tracted more than 66,800 SoberHeros and raised al­most US$1.9 mil­lion for the reg­is­tered char­ity MacMil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

It en­cour­ages folks to give up al­co­hol for one month, and dis­cover the ben­e­fits.

One SoberHero, Kathy, who quit for the month said: “Af­ter the four weeks, I felt like a dif­fer­ent per­son. I don’t drink hardly any­thing any­more. I feel ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I feel re­vi­tal­ized.”

So maybe you want to start your own Sober Drive and raise money for a char­ity you feel strongly about. Cheers!

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Well­ness Of­fi­cer and Chair of Well­ness In­sti­tute at Cleve­land Clinic. Email your health and well­ness ques­tions to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen at youdocs­daily@share­care.com.

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