For a long time, alcohol producers have been helped by a notion, enshrined in a number of governments’ dietary advice, that a little alcohol can provide modest coronary and other health benefits.
However, recent announcements by health policy officials around the world are revisiting their previous positions in light of research that points to possible cancer risks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Earlier this year, British officials rolled-back advice which stated “moderate drinking could benefit the heart”.
The officials issued new guidelines noting that alcohol raises the risk of certain cancers.
At the same time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revised its guidelines that originally noted that light drinking could lower the risk of heart disease for some people. When asked to clarify, a HHS spokeswoman said more review was needed “to better understand health outcomes that may or may not be associated with moderate alcohol consumption.”