Three common misconceptions about drinking

November 2nd, 2018

In 2016, alcohol was associated with 88,000 deaths in the United States and 2.8 million deaths in the world. Unlike other harmful substances like heroin or cocaine, it’s one hundred percent legal. In fact, alcohol has been historically used for medicinal purposes for almost as long as we know of its use. If our government condones alcohol consumption and the stuff’s been essentially medicine in the past, then it can’t be all bad, right?

We’ve all heard statements like these before:

  1. Drinking too much is bad for your health.
  2. Drinking is fine as long as it’s in moderation.
  3. A glass of red wine a day keeps heart disease away…

Statements like these are confusing and contradictory. It’s hard to know what to do.

So, should we avoid drinking too much, too little and drink just the right amount to balance the health benefits and risks? Or is abstinence really your best option for optimal health? Let’s examine three common misconceptions about alcohol consumption.

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D./Psychology Today