Health benefits of moderate drinking over-estimated

The idea that a daily tipple is protective against cardiovascular disease has been debunked by Australian and UK researchers who have analysed data from thousands of people.

They suggest the protective effects identified in previous studies may occur because of selection biases, such as the self selection of healthy participants.

“If so, rather than moderate alcohol consumption being directly involved in the attenuation of mortality risk, it may simply represent a lifestyle exposure specific to healthier people,” they