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Friday, February 04, 2005

Is alcohol harmful?

Alochol 'as harmful as smoking' the BBC reports.

The researchers found 4% of the global burden of disease is attributable to alcohol, compared to 4.1% to tobacco and 4.4% to high blood pressure.

The solution: make alcohol more expensive.

As Mark Hastings of the British Beer and Pub Association puts it, this is like tackling obesity by putting up the price of food.

I don't know how they calculate these percentages, but I think it only fair to point out that it is "excessive" drinking that is the health problem. For some time it has been apparent that moderate drinking (and not just of red wine) is one of the few things that really does have a beneficial effect on heart patients. What matters is the dose. There would be many fewer health scares if people could grasp the simple truth that a substance can be good for you in small doses and bad for you in much larger doses.


At 4 February 2005 at 15:18, Blogger Jorgen said...

not to mention: bad for the marriage in larger doses!

At 7 February 2005 at 20:11, Blogger Pancho said...

I was on the large dose regimine. It nearly killed me in 1991. brain seizure. Sober since 1994.

At 7 February 2005 at 20:50, Blogger rexie said...

Probably not a good idea for you to attempt the low dose regime now, Pancho. Like me and tobacco.


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