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Alcohol is definitely not "food as medicine". In fact it may be labeled as a drink of death. According to a team from the University of Toronto who published the results of a study in a 3-parts reports at The Lancet, Alcohol: a global health priorit, Action needed to tackle a global drink problem and A case study in how harmful alcohol consumption can be, one in 25 deaths worldwide are linked to alcohol consumption. That is 4% of deaths around the world are related to alcohol consumption. The figures for Europe is worst at 1 in 10 deaths being attributable to consumption of alcohol. Those are figures not to be sneered at.
Not only is 4% of deaths are alcohol consumption related, another 5% of years lived with disabilities are also attributable to alcohol consumption. Looks like the benefits of moderate drinking are overshadowed by its detrimental effects such as liver cirrhosis, mouth and throat cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, depression and stroke, etc.