Believe it or not, Dr. Oz has been lying to you.
For years there has been a pervasive assertion that, in some vague way, a little bit of red wine is good for you. Many folks continue to abide by this credo, despite the fact that the ways in which this supposedly manifests are uncertain at best.
Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s good for your heart, or that it helps reduce stress, or that it’s the only thing stopping your aunt from strangling your uncle. But, much to the disappointment of tired mothers and closet alcoholics everywhere, it was recently determined that “the safest level of drinking is none,” according to a new study.
The study, carried out by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, compiled data found by researchers who investigated levels of alcohol and their effects on human health in 195 countries between 1990 and 2016.
The best evidence that there are health benefits to wine is the fact that some researchers have found that low levels of drinking offered some minor protection from heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The minimal benefits, however, are far exceeded by alcohol’s harmful effects, the study said.
So, maybe smoke a joint instead. We’re not promising anything, but this study adds to the mountain of evidence that it can’t be much worse for you than drinking.