Net Effect of Drinking Alcohol in Australia is a Saving of Lives Says Cancer Council

The Cancer Council of New South Wales concludes that “If the net effect of total alcohol consumption on Australian society is considered, there is a net saving of lives due to the protective effect of low levels of consumption on cardiovascular disease.”

In the US, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) calculates that if all drinkers in the U.S. became abstainers, there would be an additional 80,000 deaths per year. Data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) similarly indicates that alcohol saves more lives than it costs.

Light and moderate drinking also saves more lives in England and Wales than are lost through the abuse of alcohol according to scientists at the University of London. Their conclusion is supported by other researchers in the UK.


  • Cancer Council of New South Wales web site and links below.

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