Moderate consumption of alcohol confers little to no health benefit for most people, a new analysis of almost 53,000 adults finds. The researchers said previous studies that found light alcohol consumption could benefit health were flawed.
Earlier research found light drinking may help protect against early illness and death. Studies found people who have fewer than two drinks daily live longer than those who drink more, or those who don’t drink at all.
The author of the new study, Craig Knott of University College London, said the earlier research put former drinkers together with people who never drank, and called them all non-drinkers. That group was compared with light drinkers.