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Reading recommendations from the science editors: Is a glass of wine too much?


Alleged virus world conspiracies, tips for self-defense and the splendor of bygone advanced civilizations: the reading recommendations of the week from the science department of SPIEGEL.

As a reminder: in Germany, anyone who drinks alcohol in moderation every day is considered a “low-risk consumer”.

One unit of alcohol and thus ten grams for women, twice that for men, is the limit.

This is what the German Society for Nutrition laid down in 2000.

One unit - that's about the equivalent of a 0.3 liter glass of beer or a 0.125 liter glass of wine.

One glass of wine a day, two for men, would be fine.

No amount of alcohol is considered healthy

In Canada, this tolerance has now come to an end.

According to the new recommendations of the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction, the following now applies to both women and men: There is no amount of alcohol that is safe or even good for your health.

The new ideal is: almost complete abstinence.

The expert team was convinced by the scientific findings of the past few years that the guideline for healthy alcohol consumption should be reduced to zero.

For example, that in the USA between 2015 and 2019, excessive alcohol consumption was responsible for around 140,000 deaths a year - caused by car accidents, poisoning, homicide, diseases.

Marketing the daily glass of red wine as the elixir of life is likely to be difficult in Canada from now on.

As early as 2016, a series of studies showed that low to moderate alcohol consumption has no cardio-vascular protective function.

The German Federal Center for Health Education also refuted this particular myth two years ago.

Now, this advice on abstinence can be seen as grouchy, cheerless, or, as one reader wrote in my story this week, as evidence of "modern Puritanism."

I tend to take them for what they are: recommendations made in good faith.

With it, everyone can do what he or she wants.

When in doubt, I prefer to know where I stand when I open a good bottle of red wine with friends.


Yours, Kerstin Kullmann

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When in doubt, he advises running away.

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Tank deliveries for the Ukraine:

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Encroaching technology:

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Islands of Knowledge:

An American Assyriologist uses cuneiform writing to reconstruct life in ancient Mesopotamia - and explains why Sumer, Babylon and Assyria were more influential than other early advanced civilizations.

Vaccines, the climate crisis, genetic engineering:

According to researchers, people with strong opinions rate their own level of knowledge highly – not always rightly so.

picture of the week

Please stretch out far: This milk owl is being

examined by a veterinarian at the zoo in Johannesburg in South Africa – the standard medical procedure for all new arrivals.

The birds, native to Africa, are considered to be one of the largest eagle owl species in the world, they grow to be over half a meter tall and develop a wingspan of up to 140 centimetres.

They mainly live in tree savannahs and forests near water and are the only owl species to have pink eyelids.

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Source: spiegel

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