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In a new study, alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk of diseases, such as gout and cataract, that were never considered to be alcohol-related before

Drinking any amount of alcohol can put you at risk of developing 60 diseases including gout and cataracts, a new study has found.

Alcohol consumption accounts for about three million annual deaths worldwide but its connection to several diseases has been uncertain so far. The harmful effects of heavy drinking for certain diseases including liver cirrhosis, stroke and several types of cancer are well known, but few studies have assessed the impact of alcohol on an extensive range of diseases. If scientists have linked alcohol consumption to 61 diseases, it would be prudent to take their findings into account. Excessive or heavy alcohol consumption is known to have negative effects on various aspects of health.

Alcohol can have detrimental effects on the liver, leading to conditions such as alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. It also poses risks to the cardiovascular system, potentially increasing the likelihood of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Additionally, alcohol has been associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer, including breast, liver, and esophageal cancer.

Moreover, alcohol can impact mental health and contribute to the development or exacerbation of conditions such as depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorder.

While moderate alcohol consumption may not have the same level of risk, it is still important to be mindful of one’s alcohol intake and consider individual factors such as overall health, genetics, and any specific medical conditions.

To gain a comprehensive understanding of the specific diseases linked to alcohol consumption, it would be helpful to refer to the research conducted by the scientists and consult reliable sources such as medical journals or reputable health organizations. Earlier this year, the WHO published a statement in The Lancet Public Health saying that when it comes to alcohol consumption, there is no safe amount that does not affect health.