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Could Benefits of Drinking Really Outweigh Harm?

By Tomretterbush @thomretterbush

Could Benefits of Drinking really Outweigh Harm?Research by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reveals that benefits of moderate drinking outweigh harms from abusive drinking.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism calculates that if all drinkers in the U.S. became abstainers, there would be an additional 80,000 deaths per year. Abstaining dramatically increases the risks of stroke and heart attack, as well as many other diseases and life-threatening conditions. 
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated that in 2001, abusive drinking lead to about 75,766 deaths from all causes, a number that continues to decline. These findings indicate that moderate alcohol consumption saves more lives than are lost as a result of alcohol abuse.
This has been discovered in some European countries as well. For example, Dr. Ian White, found that, in the United Kingdom, 15,080 deaths were prevented through the use of alcohol, while 13,216 were caused by its abuse. Thus, the use of alcohol led to a net gain of 1,864 lives. Also, according to scientists at the University of London light and moderate drinking saves more lives in England and Wales than are lost through the abuse of alcohol.
These researchers determined that if everyone abstained from alcohol, death rates would be significantly higher!
So, does alcohol really save more lives than it costs.
In the view of this writer, research can be slanted in many different ways, and statistics depend on the the way you look at them. I cannot believe that alcohol can save more lives than it costs in any way, shape or form. Even moderate use of alcohol will cost lives. Lives that could have been spared.
Do you believe that moderate alcohol consumption could save more lives than it costs? Do you agree with these findings? Do you agree that research can be slanted in many different ways, and statistics depend on the the way you look at them?
Addicts Not Anonymous readers would love to know what you think about these findings. Please share your view in the form of a comment, bellow. 
SourceBenefits of Drinking Outweigh Harm from Abuse (doctordeluca.com)


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