Origins of the word (teetotalism) are interesting, indeed, but in this time of health fascists and killjoys, we turn to a fellow who understands the concept of "risk."
David Spiegelhalter, Winton professor for the public understanding of risk at the University of Cambridge, said the data showed only a very low level of harm in moderate drinkers and suggested UK guidelines were very low risk.
“Given the pleasure presumably associated with moderate drinking, claiming there is no ‘safe’ level does not seem an argument for abstention,” he said. “There is no safe level of driving, but government do not recommend that people avoid driving. Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention.”
Tell you what: you folks abstain, and then there'll be more of the good hootch left for me.
And by the way, to the health fascists: go forth, eat shit and ... that's right, die.
No healthy level of alcohol consumption, says major study, by Sarah Boseley (The Guardian)
Governments should consider advising people to abstain entirely, say authors
Even the occasional drink is harmful to health, according to the largest and most detailed research carried out on the effects of alcohol, which suggests governments should think of advising people to abstain completely.
The uncompromising message comes from the authors of the Global Burden of Diseases study, a rolling project based at the University of Washington, in Seattle, which produces the most comprehensive data on the causes of illness and death in the world.