Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol’s Harms?

Portrait of a young woman drinking a pint of hard cider.Researchers suggest that lowering the alcohol content in beer and other drinks may help reduce their harmful health effects. A quarter of deaths among people between the ages of 20 and 39 are alcohol-related. All the world over, alcohol has been associated with disability and death.

The general idea is that a small reduction in alcohol – for example, beer with 4% ethanol content versus 6% — would help to reduce alcohol intake per drinker, even if the same overall amount of beverage is consumed.

The only challenge is that drinkers would notice the lower alcohol content in their favorite beer — and might drink more to compensate or switch to other beers with more alcohol.

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