Alcohol is harmful to health… even if you follow government guidelines

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Alcohol is harmful to health…even if you follow government guidelines: New research shows there’s no ‘safe’ level to drink that won’t toxic your organs

  • There is no ‘safe’ threshold below which alcohol has no toxic effects
  • Increased alcohol intake was linked to less gray matter in the brain
  • Brain shrinkage is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, while liver fat can lead to liver disease

Drinking within government guidelines still causes potentially harmful changes in the body’s organs, a study suggests.

There is no ‘safe’ threshold below which alcohol has no toxic effects, researchers conclude.

Increased alcohol intake was linked to less gray matter in the brain, more fat in the liver and greater mass in the left ventricle, according to a study led by Imperial College London.

The brain shrinkage has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, while liver fat can lead to liver disease. Researchers analyzed MRI scans of more than 10,000 people in late middle age who drank varying amounts.

There is no ‘safe’ threshold below which alcohol has no toxic effects, researchers conclude

Increased alcohol intake was linked to less gray matter in the brain, more fat in the liver and greater mass in the left ventricle, said a study led by Imperial College London

Increased alcohol intake was linked to less gray matter in the brain, more fat in the liver and greater mass in the left ventricle, said a study led by Imperial College London

It suggests that those who try to drink responsibly less than 14 units a week — the equivalent of six medium glasses of wine — are still damaging their bodies.

Professor Paul Elliott, from the UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial, said: ‘We recommend reconsidering current health guidelines.’

Professor Paul Matthews, co-author of the study published in the journal eLife, said: ‘This study graphically highlights harmful effects of alcohol even when consumed in moderation.

But Professor John Holmes, of an alcohol research group at the University of Sheffield, said the study “provides no compelling reason to change current guidelines.”

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