2016 was not a good year due to the amount of idols and legends we have lost in the rock and roll world. So of course, health has became an important topic of conversation for most drinkers.
It seems that recently we have become a little inundated with studies arguing over what can cause the most harm and what may actually be secretly good for us. Typically, booze is at the centre of a lot of these studies. Our favourite tipples are constantly under scrutiny and frankly, it’s a little confusing. So here’s a little run-down on the most recent studies and facts on the effects of alcohol on the body.
One thing that has been made clear, is that men are no longer at a much higher risk than women for health issues related to excessive drinking- it’s pretty much equal now. According to BMJ Open, a study taken over the last 100 years states that drinking trends have changed a little bit between men and women. Although ladies might not be acknowledged for working as much as men, they are now, at least, recognised for drinking just as much.
The study compared how likely men were to suffer the effects of alcohol compared to women from 100 years ago and the same with men and women born at the turn of this century. It showed that men used to be twice as likely to drink as women – but are now only 1.1 times as likely. Furthermore, where men were three times more likely to drink to problematic levels, it has now dropped to them only being 1.2 times as likely as women to reach this stage.
In an analysis of over 4 million people’s habits, the evidence suggested that at the start of the century, men were 3.6 times as likely to develop health issues from drinking, whereas those born and drinking at the end of the century were only 1.3 times as likely as the fairer sex.
The study’s researchers claim this may be because marketing for booze caters more to women than it used to, in relation to changing gender roles over the last century. This doesn’t tell us much about how specific issues may be caused, but there are a number of other studies that have managed to find that information out. But this one lets us know that women now have more of a chance to drink men under the table.
Of course, we all know that drinking too much will lead to health issues for anyone. Optical Express chief surgeon Dr David Teenan, released information this week that there is a hidden danger to heavy drinking; it can cause you to go blind. However, there is a silver lining. Another study this week showed that drinking in moderation could actually have some great health benefits, so for men and women alike, you may be able to reduce those health risks and a number of other ones that aren’t related.
Presented at this year’s American Heart Association meeting, the research shed light on the fact that one or two drinks a day can significantly reduce your risk of fatal heart attacks, as the toxins keep the good cholesterol in the blood at a higher level.
This time analysing the drinking habits of 80,000 Chinese civilians, the survey gave significant evidence that those who drank moderately have better cholesterol than those that don’t. Most of those involved in the six-year study drank beer or spirits, so it’s unsure if wine holds the same benefits. However, if you’re a fan of a pint or maybe a glass of whisky a day, you can carry on doing so in the knowledge that it won’t kill you. In fact, it just might save you.