(By Eve Bushman) I recently watched a short (just under 60 minutes) BBC documentary, The Truth About Alcohol, on YouTube. I was drawn to it because unlike the USA, in the UK the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sally Davies warns people as to what a healthy limit is.

Also available on Netflix where it’s synopsized as “Emergency room doctor Javid Abdelmoneim endeavors to learn the truth about alcohol, both its benefits and risks, by exploring the science of drinking.”

My Takeaways

Davies decided that a man’s drinking shouldn’t top a woman’s weekly recommendation. Seven units = 7 pints per week, about 14 drinks, is now the suggested limit for both sexes.

So, Abdelmoneim asks, how does alcohol affect our bodies?

Abdelmoneim uses a “pub lab” to settle the truth from the false. An ankle bracelet that measures alcohol via sweat monitored how much alcohol he really consumed in a week. He had 25-28 units of the three out of seven days he drank. He surmised that 40 million of other British are doing the same.

Next Abdelmoneim checked his liver for damage. Liver scan looks for hardness, higher than 7.5 shows early stages of liver disease. Abdelmoneim test showed that he was around 5, which could just be inflammation. Some causes of liver disease are genes, diet and weight.

Abdelmoneim concluded that you should keep to the unit recommendation, a large glass of wine is three units and a shot is one unit. If you’re going to drink – spread your drinking out per week.

Back at the pub lab they did more testing. Hand/eye coordination and balance are affected by alcohol assumption. And of course how you “lose your self-control” and “can’t multi-task” are factors of drunkenness.  However, you can do something painful as alcohol numbs the pain, we feel warmer too due to alcohol increasing the flow of alcohol to the skin – when in fact we are actually losing heat.

Read more here: Eve’s Wine 101: Synopsis of the film: The Truth About Alcohol, Part One