There is a popular belief that a daily glass of wine has beneficial effects on our heart. However, and however good the quality of some national products may be in other aspects, this is not true, as science has already pointed out on several occasions.

Misinformation and misconceptions

This has recently been emphasized by the World Heart Federation, which has recalled that there is no scientific evidence that alcohol consumption in small quantities is beneficial for cardiovascular health. Rather, the data we have point in the opposite direction.

The prevalence of cardiovascular disease has almost doubled in recent decades, they point out, and alcohol consumption has played an important role in this. In this regard, they point out that the social perception that alcohol is necessary for a proper social life and the notion that in certain forms (for example, a glass of red wine a day) is beneficial to health have distracted from the reality of the facts.

The organization even goes so far as to say that behind some of these claims could be “an attempt by the alcohol industry to misinform the public about the danger of their products”.

No safe amount of alcohol

These statements are supported by a report recently published in The Lancet which concludes that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. This explains the worldwide attribution, in 2019, of almost two and a half million deaths to this class of beverages.

Evidence has shown that even the smallest amounts of alcohol raise the risk of cardiovascular disease; moreover, it should be noted that studies that reach a different conclusion are often observational. Alcohol consumption has also been linked to diseases such as cancer, digestive diseases, intentional and unintentional injuries and even certain infectious diseases.

This entails a very high economic and social cost, both for individuals and for public services.

For all these reasons, they recommend the adoption of measures from the institutions, which could include restrictions on the availability of alcohol, sanctions and measures against alcohol on the road, facilitation of alcoholism treatment, uniformity of the minimum age for alcohol consumption and the imposition of warnings on the labeling of alcoholic products.

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