“The association between alcohol consumption and health is extremely complex. Although alcohol consumption has been associated with some health benefits, it has also been associated with increased risks for other outcomes,” said first author Andrew Smyth, MMedSc, a research fellow at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
“Our study suggests no overall benefit from alcohol consumption. Importantly, the greatest magnitude of increases in risk were seen in lower-income countries, where harmful alcohol use was highest,” he reported. “Our data support global health strategies and national initiatives to reduce harmful alcohol use.”
Alcohol consumption has been linked to more than 60 medical disorders and represents the third most important modifiable risk factor for death and disability. [link]