Dear Editor,

Your article “Drink, eat and be healthy ...” from Australian Correspondent Billy Adams (NZ Herald 4.11.05) reported research conducted on ‘eighteen healthy men and women with the average age of 22’ as saying that a couple of drinks before meals could lower blood sugar levels and may even fight the flab.

Before readers embark on the ‘new beer diet’ it is worth their noting that alcohol consumption is causally linked with over 60 different diseases and injuries.

For example, in the same edition of the Herald, a Swedish study of 51,847 postmenopausal women reaffirmed the link between alcohol consumption and the increased risk of breast cancer. It identified that the use of hormone replacement therapy increased the risk even further. The advice given for those on HRT – avoid alcohol.

Rebecca Williams
Alcohol Healthwatch