To establish the existence of a definite relationship between alcohol intake and disease, evidence has been sought by means of three main study methodologies. Unfortunately, each of these study methods has significant methodological limitations and has produced diverging results.
VERONA, Italy (PRWEB) February 10, 2023
On June 21, 2022, the Irish Government proposed new regulations that would put health warnings on wine labels and all alcohol bottles sold in the country. The European Commission did not reject their draft regulation, despite attempts by other member states to block the proposal. As Italy is a key exporter of wine, with more than half of the industry’s € 14 billion annual revenue coming from exports, the Italian government and the country’s wine producers were understandably concerned about the Irish proposals and the potential risks to the Italian food and agricultural sector.
The motivation behind Ireland’s labeling proposal was the need to address alcohol as a public health issue, and the warnings will read: “Drinking alcohol causes liver disease” and “There is a direct link between alcohol and fatal cancers”. But the truth is that the divergence in recommendations on alcohol consumption is still extremely relevant.
The proposal, and the general confusion surrounding the relationship between diet and health in general, and alcohol consumption and chronic noncommunicable diseases in particular, prompted Dr. Dalle Grave M.D. to conduct a review of the scientific evidence.
‘To establish the existence of a definite relationship between alcohol intake and disease’, explains Dr. Dalle Grave M.D., ‘evidence has been sought by means of three main study methodologies. Unfortunately, each of these study methods has significant methodological limitations and has produced diverging results’. According to Dr. Dalle Grave M.D., doctors, the scientific community, and health stakeholders need solid, evidence-based data to provide recommendations to their patients and the public. He concluded: ‘On the basis of our current understanding, we can only recommend to those who do not drink alcohol to not start doing so, and to those who do drink, to do so following the Mediterranean model of alcohol consumption in combination with the Mediterranean diet, an eating lifestyle that is associated with reduced mortality from all causes’.
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