A report published Monday by the American Beverage Association warns that many alcoholic beverages are becoming less and less safe as the nation’s chronic diseases have spread.
Drinking the recommended amount of alcohol per day is no longer the best way to prevent or manage health problems, the association said.
And alcohol has become a much more common way of getting drunk in recent years, including among people who have had a stroke, heart attack or cancer.
“Drinking too much is not always a bad thing,” the association says.
“Some people who don’t drink alcohol can still get sick, and alcohol can exacerbate chronic illnesses.”
Drinking more than one alcoholic drink a day is the equivalent of drinking about 20 cups of coffee a day, the study found.
The association recommends limiting the number of alcoholic drinks consumed in a day and limiting alcohol intake to a couple of drinks at a time.
“We have the data to show that even small amounts of alcohol can be harmful, but we are still not convinced that excessive alcohol consumption is the cause of all chronic illnesses,” Dr. Michael Siegel, president of the association, said in a statement.
“As we learn more about the role of alcohol in chronic disease, we can continue to advocate for its use as a way to get healthy.”
Drinkers who are over 55 should limit their drinking to no more than a couple glasses a day.
Drink on a weekend or weekend nights, the report said.
Drinking during the day and staying home during the night is also a safe option.
Some of the recommendations include reducing alcohol intake for people with heart disease and other chronic conditions and limiting the amount of alcoholic beverages people drink during the week or weekend.
“A lot of the data on chronic disease is correlating drinking and health, and the data suggests that reducing alcohol consumption has a beneficial effect,” Siegel said.
“In fact, it has been shown that alcohol is a significant predictor of chronic disease.
That’s why we’re trying to encourage people to drink less.”
In general, people who drink more than the recommended limit a day are more likely to develop certain chronic conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer, the Associated Press said.
People who drink too much alcohol are more than twice as likely to have diabetes, the AP found.
People who drink less alcohol are less likely to be diagnosed with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
They are also more likely not to have a stroke.
“Most of the evidence suggests that the amount you drink is largely irrelevant to chronic disease,” S. Thomas Kallman, the president of Kallmans consulting group, said.
The report said there’s no evidence to suggest that limiting alcohol consumption causes chronic disease in the long term.
People should not drink more or less alcohol than recommended.