Agggh! Stop it! Have mercy! There is a limit to how much information this brain can take, particularly when it doesn’t correspond to the message that went before it. If you call yourself a scientist and do scientific studies and then publish your results, would it be too much to ask that you at least try to correlate those results with someone else? Some other scientist perhaps? Or at least provide a rating of how credible your results are? (Mind you, that hasn’t really worked with the hotel industry, has it?)
Instead, you publish and then before the ink is dry on your paper, some other equally qualified (?) expert says your findings are a load of nonsense. Now, ye can both sit in lab and go back and forth arguing yere respective cases – ye have the facts, the education, and the time to do it. But what of me?
Just when I’ve gotten my head around the ‘fact’ that alcohol is bad for me (yes, I know it makes me do stupid things and that were I to drink excessive amounts regularly, it would fry my liver and it does play havoc with my eyes – I’m not completely stupid), I find out that this might not be the case after all? What am I to think?
This latest report, from a former World Health Organisation alcohol expert says that drinking is only harmful when you consume more than 13 units a day. And there’s only about 10 units in a bottle of wine, ergo a bottle of wine a day would do me no harm. Now, before you get as excited as I did – the report was published in the Daily Mail. Do with that what you may. The think-tank 2020health weighed in, too, saying: ‘This is an unhelpful contribution to the debate. It makes grand claims which we don’t see evidence for. Alcohol is a toxin, the risks outweigh the benefits.’ So there are benefits?
According to the report, moderate drinking is better than abstinence but heavy drinking is worse than abstinence. The question I can’t get out of my head is whether a bottle of wine a day can be construed as moderate? Every day? mmmmm
There is so much conflicting information out there that I’m pulling my hair out in an effort to make sense of it all. For every scientific report in favour of anything, there’s another against. It’s terribly difficult for an undereducated mind to know what to believe. I’m left to interpret what information I have to hand, filtering it through the prism of prior experience and personal knowledge, yet there is always the danger that I’ll choose the wrong interpretation. But by then it’s usually too late to avoid the damage.
Another glass of wine, anyone?