Is it healthy to drink a glass of wine every day?
Having that wind-down glass of wine when you get home from work may be harming your health. That’s because, according to a large-scale, global meta-analysis of research published August 23, 2018 in The Lancet, there’s a chance that no amount of alcohol is safe.
For the review, researchers pulled from 694 data sources, profiling who and how much those in a global population were drinking, and from 592 studies looking at the relationship between alcohol and disease. They found that 2.8 million deaths were attributed to alcohol use in 2016.
If you drink alcohol, you probably want to take a moment now to mention that previous studies have shown imbibing in moderation is good for your heart. The French live long, healthy lives because of wine! you say. Guess what: the new Lancet study found that drinking alcohol was minimally helpful for stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, but when taken in the context of other causes of death — such as cancer and car accidents — the risks outweighed the small potential benefit.
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Distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten-free, but beers made from gluten-containing grains are not distilled and therefore not gluten-free, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Steer clear of beer made from wheat, barley and rye if you’re gluten-intolerant. Malt and malt flavoring also contain gluten. Both ales and lagers should be avoided. A variety of gluten-free beers are available in the United States. MayoClinic.com says people on gluten-free diets should avoid drinking beer unless the beer is labeled gluten-free.