The report by think tank 2020Health cites research showing that those drinking twice the recommended weekly limits increase their risk of liver disease sevenfold, mouth cancer fivefold and stroke threefold. For women, breast cancer risk doubles.
Any potentially beneficial effects of alcohol, such as reducing the risk of a heart attack, are countered by the risks of other diseases, it warns.
Yes, there is a trade off, some alcohol reduces the risks of certain diseases, lots of alcohol increases the rsks of others.
But the sweet spot of those trade offs is not at twice the recommended limits. It\’s nearer three times, 50-60 units. It\’s around there that the risks of disease from booze are higher than the risks of no booze: of being teetotal.