The obvious ill effects of binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption are well known.
However, for years, many have taken comfort in the notion that moderate drinking is benign.
Research shows moderate drinking is also associated with pathologic findings in the brain, increased risk of atrial fibrillation, stage 1 and stage 2 hypertension and some cancers especially breast cancer.
It is a known carcinogenic, hepatotoxin, and neurotoxin in humans. Even at low doses, the risk may be high in susceptible people.
Studies may have shown that “safe” consumption may have benefits e.g., heart health; however, the risk for other diseases is elevated for any amount of drinking, which is the reason that no level of drinking is safe.
Even if you are a a light drinker, binge drinking is potentially harmful. Binge drinking is defined as 5 alcoholic drinks for men [4 for women] within 2 hours.
In sum, not drinking is best to avoid risk for many diseases.