Date: Jan 21, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
There might be as many as 1 million adults who occasionally binge drink in Taiwan, the
Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said in a survey yesterday, adding that alcohol should be avoided generally.
People should not be misled by claims that drinking in moderation does no harm to the body or that drinking wine in moderation is good for the heart, it said.
While many people still believe that wine in moderation is beneficial for cardiovascular health, newer studies, including one published in The Lancet in August last year, suggested that alcohol use was the seventh-leading risk factor for deaths and disability-adjusted life-years in 2016, and that the overall risk of drinking alcohol outweighs any known benefits, the HPA said.
The WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health published last year showed that more than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, the HPA said. [FULL STORY]