Bellevue Nutrition | New Stats on Drinking Alcohol

Just in from Washington School University of Medicine, in St. Louis: Consuming one to two alcoholic drinks more than three times a week raises the risk for all cause mortality. This sobering data was gleaned from 340,668 individuals from the National Health Interview Survey, and 93,653 individuals from the Veterans Health Administration outpatient medical records.

Put another way, if you drink just one beer or glass of wine more days of the week than not, you risk premature death, especially from cancer. An alarming addition to this new info is the fact that about 13% of Americans take part in ‘high risk drinking’, which is defined as four drinks for women or five or more drinks for men, at least one day of the week. According to the JAMA Psychiatry, this data, unfortunately, seems to be on the upswing.

Could it be time to take stock and see if you have unwittingly fallen into the trap of using a glass of something to unwind when you get home from work? Why not change that habit, and instead go outside for a walk, bike ride, or kick a soccer ball around with the kids? Exercise has been shown to be a powerful anti-depressant and could lead to a rapid five pound weight loss, especially coupled with cutting out alcohol several nights a week!

If nothing else, take a brief time out and evaluate your consumption ~ see if it’s where you want it to be for optimal health, vitality and longevity.

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