Lawyers, consider yourselves warned, according to the results of a recently released study, there is "no safe level of daily alcohol consumption."
According to science: That nightly cocktail, beer, glass (or bottle) of wine, isn't actually good for your health. And the more you drink, the worse it is for your health. And what's even worse is that the nightly drink often encourages a second or third, sometimes more than a few times a week, which leads to alcoholism. That's definitely not good for your health.
Scientists Fight Over Booze
While there have been other scientists and researchers responding to the release of this study attempting to justify the popular position that a drink per day can have health benefits, most have only really pointed to the fact that the increased risk of moderate drinking is almost negligible.
However, the authors of the no safe level of daily drinking study explain that those health benefits are limited to ischemic heart disease/stroke, and diabetes, but that some of those benefits are "not statistically significant." And while both sides may be rather entrenched in their positions, for casual observers, the no safe level of daily consumption side just seems to make more sense. After all, we all knew that a drink a day to keep the doctor away was too good to be true.
Daily Habit or Deadly Addiction
It's not easy to admit to having a problem, and frankly, drinking isn't always a problem. But failing to recognize the problem signs could be putting more than just your own life at risk. Alcoholism is a serious problem, and one that disproportionately plagues attorneys.
And while that nightly glass of wine may have been regular fixture in your life, you don't have to give it up, but maybe just try to avoid the nightly part of it, especially if you've noticed it escalate to a nightly two-glasses, or three or more.
If it's about unwinding, try to find alternative methods of achieving a similar level of stress relief (at least a couple days per week). Consider taking a walk, getting some exercise, engrossing yourself in a hobby, meditating, calling an old friend, or maybe just having a cup of tea or a fruit cup.