Light and moderate drinking saves more lives in England and Wales than are lost through the abuse of alcohol.

That's the finding of scientists at the University of London, who discovered that if everyone abstained from alcohol, death rates would be significantly higher. In the words of the lead author, "alcohol saves more lives than it costs."


  • Britton, A., and McPherson, K. Mortality in England and Wales attributable to current alcohol consumption. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2001, 55(6), 383-388; Reuters, Alcohol Cuts England/Wales Deaths by Two Percent (May 7, 2001)

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