Yes, it has been said that some alcoholic drinks, such as red wine, are beneficial, because they are very high in healthy antioxidants.
However, researchers are saying that to actually be truly healthy, going teetotal is the only way.
They say the reason is so that you can avoid risking your health with alcohol, what with a major global study that has concluded that there is no safe limit to alcohol consumption.
Previous research suggested that moderate levels of alcohol – around one drink a day for women and two for men – may protect against heart disease. But the authors of the new study insist that any benefits from drinking alcohol are outweighed by the harms.
They estimate that consuming just one drink per day increases the risk of developing one of 23 alcohol-related health problems by 0.5 per cent, compared with not drinking at all.
US lead researcher Dr. Max Griswold, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said: “Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increase with any amount of alcohol.
“In particular, the strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries, and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for ischaemic heart disease in women in our study.
“Although the health risks associated with alcohol start off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more.”
The scientists pooled together data from 592 studies with a total of 28 million participants to assess the global health risks associated with alcohol. A standard alcohol drink was defined as one containing 10 grams of alcohol.