The French wine industry takes the Lancet to task for its health study

Mercredi 05 décembre 2018 par Vitisphere

Pierre-Louis Teissedre, professor at the ISVV in Bordeaux, is highly critical of the Lancet's article which stated that there is no such thing as beneficial alcohol consumption.
Pierre-Louis Teissedre, professor at the ISVV in Bordeaux, is highly critical of the Lancet's article which stated that there is no such thing as beneficial alcohol consumption. - crédit photo : Bertrand Collard

On November 28th in Paris, the association Vin et Société went back over the Lancet study on alcohol and health published at the end of August. The study, signed by 250 researchers, states that alcohol consumption - even one drink a day - has no health benefits. According to Vin et Société, 156 media featured the shocking news story, most of them taking the conclusions for granted. As Pierre-Louis Teissedre, professor at the ISVVV in Bordeaux, pointed out, the study contains many flaws.

Teissedre noted clumsy errors and bias among the authors of the Lancet-published research. For example, they estimated French alcohol consumption at between 4 and 5 glasses per day for men and 2 to 3 glasses for women. The actual figure is 2.6 glasses per day per capita for over 15s, said Teissedre. “The Lancet study can be considered partisan”, he added.

Back to the article, its authors urge governments to promote abstinence since, in their view, no alcohol consumption is beneficial. For Pierre-Louis Teissedre, "there is no such thing as risk-free behaviour. Moderate wine consumption contributes to health, which WHO defines as a state of physical, social and mental well-being, not simply the absence of disease”.

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