Beer is a fermented beverage with a relatively low (or no) alcohol percentage, whose natural ingredients contain small amounts of valuable nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
The best way to look after your heart is to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. For healthy adults, moderate beer consumption can be part of this balanced way of living.
Beer has been a staple part of European diets for thousands of years, and through the ages it has become deeply ingrained in our traditions and culture.
It is well-established that heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of certain cancer types, including colorectal cancer. But the effect of moderate alcohol consumption is less clear. A recent meta-analysis, published in International Journal of Cancer, found a J-shaped relation between alcohol consumption and the risk of colorectal cancer, suggesting a small protective effect of drinking less than three alcoholic consumptions a day.
A new meta-analysis suggests that 1-2 drinks a day increases the risk of osteoporosis with 34% compared to abstainers. With 2 or more drinks a day, the risk increases to 63%. Sounds pretty much! But is it true? The article is published in the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, but has so many shortcomings that it actually only highlights the confusion there can be about osteoporosis.
Could alcohol consumption decrease the risk of gallstone disease? A recent meta-analysis, published in the scientific journal Gut and Liver, confirms that alcohol consumption is associated with a decreased risk of gallstone disease; indicating alcohol could have a preventive effect. But whether there is an optimal alcohol dose remains unclear.
First meta-analysis studies association between alcohol consumption and risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease
It is said avoiding specific food groups, including alcohol, might help relieve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux. However, the evidence is contradictory. A recent meta-analysis, published in the scientific journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, found an increased risk of acid reflux for Asian, but not for European people.
The J-shaped curve between alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease has been challenged in many ways. According to a meta-analysis examining long-term data from 35.000 people, moderate alcohol consumption is indeed associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease compared to non-drinking. However, results suggest consistency matters. When people have an unstable drinking pattern over time, there is an elevated risk at heart disease. The article was published in the scientific journal BMC Medicine.
Does alcohol consumption make you eat more? And is there a difference is dose-response? A recent systematic review and meta-analysis1, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, tried to find answers to these questions. The results suggest that even relatively modest alcohol consumption may lead to an increase in food consumption.
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About Beer and Health
Beer and Health gathers and presents the latest scientific research on the link between moderate beer consumption and health. And it builds upon a long tradition of experts coming together at the European Beer and Health Symposium, which has been organised practically every two or three years since 1999.