A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
April 19, 2014
The recommended daily allowance for alcohol consumption in Britain may well be around the size of a medium to large glass of wine depending on your gender, but a leading scientist in the field has claimed drinking just over a bottle a day would do no harm to your health.
Former World Health Organisation alcohol expert Dr Kari Poikolainen has analysed decades of research into the effects of alcohol on the human body, The Daily Mail reports.
His conclusion – drinking is only harmful when you consume more than 13 units a day – that’s four to five pints of beer or more than a bottle of wine – which typically contains around 10 units.
He also believes that drinking more than the current recommended daily intake may in fact be healthier than being a teetotaler.
“The weight of the evidence shows moderate drinking is better than abstaining and heavy drinking is worse than abstaining – however the moderate amounts can be higher than the guidelines say,” Dr Poikolainen reportedly told The Mail.
Responding to the comments, Julia Manning from think-tank 2020Health, told the newspaper: “This is an unhelpful contribution to the debate. It makes grand claims which we don’t see evidence for. Alcohol is a toxin, the risks outweigh the benefits.”
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Claims that alcohol is only harmful to health if you drink more than 13 units per day are unsubstantiated
April 22, 2014
By Suzi Gage
According to the article, Professor Poikolainen has looked at “decades of evidence” to draw these conclusions. Sadly none of this evidence is mentioned in the article*, and his comments fly in the face of current alcohol guidance from governments and the vast majority of public health scientists.
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