Thursday, March 21, 2019

You don't need to drink alcohol for it to harm you

Quantifying how alcohol hurts non-drinkers is difficult, but a new paper shows the way.

Beer can harm more people than just the person imbibing it. Deposit Photos

By Sara Chodosh

No amount of alcohol is good for you, as study after study has shown. But often people—and the scientists who research them—forget that when they drink, they don’t just risk hurting themselves. They often hurt other people. Yet most of our understanding of the harms of alcohol have focused strictly on the drinker.

A new study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, attempts to rectify that. The authors found that thousands of people have experienced physical harm from alcohol consumption in Germany alone, even though many of them have never imbibed a single drop.  Read more >>