Drinkers have long toasted the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, but a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) today pours doubt over the protective effects of alcohol.
The study challenges the prevailing claims moderate drinking is good for your health and reveals any protective benefits from moderate alcohol consumption have been overestimated or exaggerated by previous research.
One of the authors of the study, Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney, said the research had important public health implications given alcohol consumption for Australians across all ages is still very high. Read more
Listen to Professor Stamatakis interview of ABC's PM
Read Sydney Morning Herald report 'Alcohol benefits might be too good to be true.'