In the 1990s a study circulated throughout the media that consuming small amounts of red wine was beneficial to cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, this study may have been misleading as experts now call into question whether any type of alcohol use is good for the human body and they also fear that the damage alcohol can cause has been underplayed and its benefits exaggerated.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2021, alcohol was the primary cause of death for more than 54,000 Americans, causing nearly 17,000 more deaths than just a few years before. Alcohol is also the third leading cause of premature death in the United States and the number of alcohol-related deaths increased by 25% between 2019 and 2020. Alcohol-involved traffic fatalities in the U.S. ticked up by 14% to 11,654 in 2020 after being on the decline for several years.