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Is Alcohol Consumption More Helpful Than Harmful? It Depends on Your Age

June 3, 2019
By: Medical Xpress

Studies of health effects of alcohol consumption may underestimate the risks of imbibing, particularly for younger people, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The research demonstrates that although cohort studies—the type of observational investigations typically used to study health benefits and risks—sometimes show benefits from moderate alcohol consumption, they tend to enroll people age 50 and older. Studying people at this age range eliminates all those who have died before age 50 because of alcohol consumption.

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