Physicians Support WHO's Assertion that Even a Small Amount of Alcohol Can Cause Harm


Anuja Jaiswal    23 January 2023

Contrary to popular belief, small amounts of alcohol do not have a negative impact on your health. Cardiologists and oncologists in the National Capital concur with the UN health body′s statement, stating that alcohol has no "therapeutic" role in cardioprotection and even small amounts can have a significant negative impact on cancer.


Dr. Ambuj Roy, a cardiologist at AIIMS, stated that the cardiologists across India have to understand that alcohol use in the Indian and South Asian populations is linked with harm rather than benefit to the heart, which is contradictory to the findings of the research undertaken in the west. On the other hand, Dr. Anand Kumar Pander, director of cardiology at Dharamshila Narayana Super Speciality Hospital, shared similar opinions but stated that it is safe to drink alcohol in moderation. If the person drinks, the recommendation is to only consume a little amount.


Dr. Udgeath Dhir, director of cardiothoracic vascular surgery at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, stated that alcohol is a depressant that weakens muscles, especially the heart muscle. Blood pressure is raised by alcohol, even when it is consumed in small amounts. He noted that this increased risk of high blood pressure raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, which can cause blockages or organ damage.


Dr. Harit Chaturvedi, the executive director of the Max Institute of Cancer Care, asserts that there is a direct link between alcohol use and a number of cancer types, including breast, liver, colon, esophageal, and oral cancers. According to him, there is no safe amount of alcohol use when it comes to cancer because even a little quantity can have a significant effect. Alcohol is one of the factors that directly causes seven different forms of malignancies in the body, and it has been categorically identified by the WHO as the number one carcinogen.


Additionally, according to Parveen Jain, head of the oncology division at Aakash Healthcare, there is presently insufficient information to establish a safe amount of alcohol intake. 

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