How Much Alcohol is Safe?

by

Alcohol increases the risk for mortality from accidents, heart disease, liver disease, and several types of cancers, including tumors of the mouth, throat, breast, liver, esophagus, and colon. How much alcohol is too much?

Public service announcements routinely inform the community about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Of course, it is well known that heavy drinking increases the risk of death from car crashes and other accidents. It is also important to appreciate that even light drinking interferes with driving skills, even when the affected individual shows no change in behavior or appearance.

Is alcohol good for your heart?

Moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Research once suggested that drinking red wine might protect against heart disease, but that was never proven. Resveratrol, the active component in red wine, improves cardiovascular function in rodents, but in humans the exact opposite is true. So far, we have no evidence that drinking red wine is beneficial for humans. Instead, alcohol can significantly impair heart function in humans.

Alcohol causes cancer and no amount is safe

There is very strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer and the more an individual drinks over time, the greater the risk. Women who drink less than one drink per day, significantly increase their risk for breast cancer. Unfortunately, even a very small amount of alcohol increases the risk for cancer. Just a single sip of strong alcohol exposes you to a measurable amount of carcinogens in your mouth.

The more we learn about alcohol, the less there is to like about it. Although wildly popular, alcohol is simply toxic to your system. Moderate alcohol consumption does not protect you from illness or increase your lifespan. Alcohol does not help at all.


Resources
Ebe K, Itoh K, Kwee IL, Nakada T. Covert effects of “one drink” of alcohol on brain processes related to car driving: an event-related potential study. Neurosci Lett. 2015 Apr 23;593:78-82.
L Gliemann, J F Schmidt, J Olesen, R S Bienso, S L Peronard, S U Grandjean, S P Mortensen, M Nyberg, J Bangsbo, H Pilegaard, Y Hellsten. Resveratrol blunts the positive effects of exercise training on cardiovascular health in aged men. J Physiol. 2013 Oct 15;591(Pt 20):5047-59.
Linderborg K, Salaspuro M, Vakevainen S. A single sip of a strong alcoholic beverage causes exposure to carcinogenic concentrations of acetaldehyde in the oral cavity. Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Sep;49(9):2103-6.
Baan R, Straif K, Grosse Y, Secretan B, et al. on behalf of the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group. Carcinogenicity of alcoholic beverages. Lancet Oncol. 2007;8:292–293.
Lachenmeier DW, Kanteres F, Rehm J. Carcinogenicity of acetaldehyde in alcoholic beverages: risk assessment outside ethanol metabolism. Addiction. 2009 Apr;104(4):533-50.
Chen WY, Rosner B, Hankinson SE, Colditz GA, Willett WC. Moderate alcohol consumption during adult life, drinking patterns, and breast cancer risk. JAMA. 2011 Nov 2;306(17):1884-90.

RECENT POSTS

3 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

3 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Nutritious food can be expensive, but we must eat well for our health. Therefore, we need to know how to eat healthy on a budget. Here are three ways to eat healthy and not break the bank. 1. Eat more beans In your grocery cart, the most expensive foods are generally...

read more
Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

The idea that junk food is cheaper than healthy food is something I hear a lot. Fueled by fast food dollar menus, we are conditioned to think of healthy food as more expensive. In this article, we are taking a closer look. The actual cost of junk food Is junk food...

read more
Common Misconceptions About Type 2 Diabetes (Part 2)

Common Misconceptions About Type 2 Diabetes (Part 2)

Today we continue our deep dive into common misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. This blog post is the second of a two-part series designed to clear up conflicting myths and empower you to make healthy eating and lifestyle changes. Recap of Part 1 In my previous blog...

read more
Common Misconceptions About Type 2 Diabetes (Part 1)

Common Misconceptions About Type 2 Diabetes (Part 1)

With so many myths passing from one person to the next, it can be hard to differentiate what is true and what is false when it comes to diabetes. In this blog, I’ll discuss 5 common misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. I wrote this for you as a two-part series.  In...

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

RECENT POSTS

3 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Nutritious food can be expensive, but we must eat well for our health. Therefore, we need to know how to eat healthy on a budget. Here are three ways to eat healthy and not break the bank. 1. Eat more beans In your grocery cart, the most expensive foods are generally...

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

The idea that junk food is cheaper than healthy food is something I hear a lot. Fueled by fast food dollar menus, we are conditioned to think of healthy food as more expensive. In this article, we are taking a closer look. The actual cost of junk food Is junk food...

Common Misconceptions About Type 2 Diabetes (Part 2)

Today we continue our deep dive into common misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. This blog post is the second of a two-part series designed to clear up conflicting myths and empower you to make healthy eating and lifestyle changes. Recap of Part 1 In my previous blog...

Common Misconceptions About Type 2 Diabetes (Part 1)

With so many myths passing from one person to the next, it can be hard to differentiate what is true and what is false when it comes to diabetes. In this blog, I’ll discuss 5 common misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. I wrote this for you as a two-part series.  In...

3 Secrets to Having More Energy

While trendy supplements may promise to make you feel healthy and energetic, they are not the real solution. Instead, the secrets to having more energy are eating the right foods and creating healthy lifestyle choices that support your overall health and vitality. In...

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy

>> Nutritious foods that increase energy

>> Tips for waking up well-rested

>> Lifestyle changes to help you feel vibrant & alive

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Thank you! Please check your email for 5 Ways to Boost Energy.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This