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A recent study examines the impact of alcohol consumption on health at different ages. The authors conclude that for people over 50, the risks to health can be less serious.

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If alcohol has protective effects, they are not evenly distributed at all ages.

Alcohol abuse is linked to a series of serious health consequences.

These include some cancers, liver and heart diseases, as well as damage to the nervous system, including the brain.

However, as it has been exhaustively covered in the popular press, moderate consumption may have some health benefits.

Several studies have concluded that a reduced consumption of alcohol can have a protective effect.

One study, for example, found that light and moderate alcohol consumption protected against mortality from all causes, as well as mortality from cardiovascular disease.

Not surprisingly, these stories have been well received and read, but not all researchers agree and the debate continues.

A recent study conducted by Dr. Timothy Naimi of Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts adds fuel to a widespread fire.

The authors are interested in the methodology used in previous studies and published their findings in the Journal of Alcohol and Alcohol Studies earlier this week.

A new approach

The researchers argue that the way previous studies have measured the impact of alcohol on health may be incorrect. Specifically, they point out that the studies are usually observational and generally recruit participants over 50 years of age.

The authors argue that this is problematic because it excludes anyone who has died of alcohol at age 50. As they dryly point out, “the dead can not be included in cohort studies.”

Dr. Naimi expressed concern about this selection bias inherent in an article published in the magazine Addiction in 2017.

“Those who are 50-year-old drinkers are” survivors “of their alcohol consumption who [initially] may have been healthier or have safer drinking habits.”

Dr. Timothy Naimi

According to the authors, almost 40% of alcohol-related deaths occur before age 50.

This means that the vast majority of research on the potential risks of alcohol does not take these deaths into account and may underestimate the real dangers.

To re-investigate, the authors were immersed in the data from the Impact on alcohol-related diseases application, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, this application “provides national and national estimates of health impacts related to alcohol, including deaths and years of life potentially lost.”

The difference in age

The analysis showed that a person’s level of alcohol risk was strongly influenced by age.

In total, 35.8% of alcohol-related deaths occurred in people aged 20 to 49 years. When observing deaths avoided by alcohol consumption, scientists found only 4.5% of this age group.

When they looked at people aged 65 or older, the situation was different: although 35% of alcohol-related deaths occurred in this group, the authors found it extremely difficult to detect 80% of the deaths. Deaths avoided by alcohol.

According to a study on alcohol, the safest level of alcohol consumption is zero.

According to a study on alcohol, the safest level of alcohol consumption is zero.

A global study on alcohol consumption concludes that the safest level of consumption is zero.


The researchers also found this clear difference between age groups by looking at the number of potential years lost by alcohol.

They showed that 58.4% of the total number of years lost was between 20 and 49 years old. However, this age group represented only 14.5% of the years of life saved by alcohol consumption.

On the contrary, the age group over 65 years represented 15% of all years of life lost, but 50% of the years of life saved.

The authors conclude that young people “are more likely to die from alcohol than not drink”, but older people are more likely to benefit from the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.

Although the results are not explosive, they provide a more complete understanding of the impact of alcohol on health: moderate consumption may be beneficial for people of a certain age group, but consumption may be high.

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