A Drink a Day Keeps the Doctor Away? A third of Americans believe in the perceived health benefits of alcohol, reveals survey.
Across the country, those in Michigan (67%) were most convinced of these health benefits. Comparatively, just 23% of those in Massachusetts choose to believe them.
The survey also asked respondents what they believed to be the main benefits of alcohol consumption. Forty-six percent thought that it reduces an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease and 31% believed it can increase life expectancy. An additional 15% were under the impression that it prevents you from catching a common cold and 8% believed it lowers the risk of diabetes.
In fact, more than half (58%) admit they don’t even take notice of studies linking alcohol consumption to health problems. Perhaps ignorance is bliss?
Thirty-eight percent also stated that they would still continue to drink if trials showed that alcohol reduces life expectancy by 5 five years.
Lastly, it’s well known that leading an unhealthy lifestyle, such as poor diet, excessive drinking and lack of exercise can have negative health consequences. While each of these factors contributes in its own way to a lack of good health, more than half (62%) of respondents believed eating junk food has worse health implications than consuming alcohol.