Alcohol: Raise a few less glasses for chance at better sight

01 Apr 2021 - Alcohol & Tobacco

Drinking alcohol in moderation is linked to a lower rate of cataract surgery, research published in the journal Ophthalmology suggests. Those who drink up to 14 units a week are nearly a quarter less likely to have surgery to remove cloudy patches from the lens of the eye, the study found. The research is the largest of its kind, examining data from more than 490,000 people. The most significant reduction in risk is linked to wine rather than beer or spirits, according to the experts. Those who drink wine five or more times a week were found to be up to 23 per cent less likely than non-drinkers to have cataract surgery. However, those who drink a lot of beer, cider or spirits had no significantly reduced risk. Researchers noted, however, that drinking large amounts of alcohol was linked to serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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