Friday, August 24, 2018

Correlation causes cancer! YES IT DOES! YOU HAVE TO TRUST MEEEEEE!!!!!!

And now, from the wonderful world of medicine, the stupidest thing I've seen since Hillary's last speech. There is no safe dosage of alcohol.

Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden and causes substantial health loss. We found that the risk of all-cause mortality, and of cancers specifically, rises with increasing levels of consumption, and the level of consumption that minimises health loss is zero. These results suggest that alcohol control policies might need to be revised worldwide, refocusing on efforts to lower overall population-level consumption.

From Slashdot, where somebody read the bloody thing, we hear:

According to the report, "27.1% of cancer deaths in women and 18.9% in men over 50 were linked to their drinking habits." The biggest causes of death linked to alcohol in younger people were tuberculosis (1.4% of deaths), road injuries (1.2%), and self-harm (1.1%).

"Worldwide we need to revisit alcohol control policies and health programs, and to consider recommendations for abstaining from alcohol," said the report's senior author, Professor Emmanuela Gakidou. "These include excise taxes on alcohol, controlling the physical availability of alcohol and the hours of sale, and controlling alcohol advertising. Any of these policy actions would contribute to reductions in population-level consumption, a vital step toward decreasing the health loss associated with alcohol use."

Prohibition, essentially. Because that went so well for the Americans when they tried it. "But if we do it WORLDWIDE and really, really try, it'll totally work!"

This piece of "research", and I use the term very, very loosely, is the type of thing we have come to expect from the gun control crowd. Take a population, count up the mortality factors, count up how much people drink, and SHAZAM!, beer causes cancer and tuberculosis.

In other news, appendix surgery causes 1,000 deaths worldwide every year!!!! Right? Because those 1,000 people who died after surgery would have totally been fine otherwise. Uh huh.

So, at the same time they are losing the War on Weed, the NinnyNannies want to start up a new, bigger War on Booze.
One might almost suspect there was money to be made in this space.

And speaking of money, guess who paid for this travesty:

Funding: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Phantom

Update: Saray Hoyt's Instapundit flying monkeys is da HOOOOOOOUSE! 


ga6 said...

University of Washington

erp said...

Scientiic research went to hades when research facilities were taken over by grant writers.

Orvan Taurus said...

I raise a glass to you, sir. Rye.

PrincetonAl said...

Personally, I have found a 100% correlation among my dead relatives between those who drank and those who are dead.

Just sayin’.

Unknown said...

Odd, isn't it. After years of research showing that moderate alcohol consumption was strongly correlated with slightly long lives...

The Phantom said...

Greetings, all.

Personally I gave up alcohol years ago, except for special occasions and the odd, very occasional beer. It disagrees with me, basically.

However, that's a different thing from saying there is no safe dosage of alcohol. Humans have had beer for ~10,000 years, the effects of over-consumption are well understood. That didn't stop the crusaders of the late 1800's from trying to ban alcohol, leading to Prohibition in the USA in the 1920s. And, so surprising, the formation of the first organized crime groups to take advantage of the law.

I'm seeing the same thing happening with weed here in Canada right now. A sudden proliferation of Canadian and American "studies" correlating cannabis with everything from lung cancer to schizophrenia. They're going full Reefer MAdness in some circles.
We've had weed for 10,000 years or more too. The effects, again, are quite well known.

Everything is propaganda these days. It makes me tired.