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Does an extra glass of wine take 30 minutes off your life? That’s ‘outlandish’

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A few weeks ago, the media ran wild with an outlandish claim that an extra glass of wine will take 30 minutes off of your life.

Though the media, particularly The Guardian, deserved much of the blame for this fiasco, the journal and the authors themselves deserve an equal share. The study was poorly designed with numerous glaring flaws, and its results were sensationalized. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that this was a coordinated publicity stunt.

A new paper in Circulation, a journal published on behalf of the American Heart Association, shows the exact opposite. In fact, it demonstrates that moderate drinking can be integrated into a healthy lifestyle.

The results for alcohol consumption are shown below:

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The left column considers the group that consumes 5 to 14.9 grams of alcohol per day (roughly one drink per day, depending on the alcohol content) to be the baseline. As shown in the right column, people who drink 15 to 29.9 grams per day (roughly two drinks) had almost the exact same risk of death as those who had one drink per day. This directly refutes the sensationalist study reported earlier.

The point, however, is clear: There is absolutely nothing wrong with moderate alcohol consumption. Indeed, it can be integrated into a healthy lifestyle.

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