Just Don’t Look at My Liver

By Jim McVeagh 20/11/2009 1


Sometimes you just shake you head in wonder at the complete pointlessness of some research…

There is a prime example in the Herald today which declares Heavy drinking can cut risk of heart disease, says study.

Drinking a bottle of wine a day, or half a dozen beers, cuts the risk of heart disease by more than half in men, an extraordinary study reports.

In one of the largest studies on the link between alcohol and heart disease, researchers have found that the protective effects of a daily tipple are not limited to those who drink moderately, but also extend to those who consume at what are conventionally considered to be dangerously high levels.

And the understatement of the year…

British scientists said the study, published in the journal Heart, was “flawed”.

And here I was thinking of another descriptive adverb beginning with “F”…

Perhaps someone can tell me what the purpose of finding out that the cardioprotective effect extends to toxic doses of alcohol, when you know that that amount of alcohol has massively bad health effects that easily wipe out any possible protection against heart attacks. I have no idea. It seems to me that some researchers just like to find things out, regardless of whether the information has any meaning in the real world. I guess they think it’s good to know that when an alcoholic dies of liver failure or heart failure then at least their risk of a heart attack was low.

I’m all for “pure” research, but that seems like it does not really increase the some total of human knowledge in any meaningful way.

In defense of the somewhat myopic authors, I suspect they were merely confirming the cardioprotective effect of alcohol in general (already a fairly pointless task) and they found they had all this data on really heavy drinkers and they just couldn’t help themselves…

Ah well, at least it’s not quite as bad as the researcher who discovered the amazing fact that complaints about ED waiting times were directly proportional to the length of wait in the ED.

Truly groundbreaking research.

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One Response to “Just Don’t Look at My Liver”

  • I totally, totally agree. This sort of research is up there with things like “two-year review indicates health system became overwhelmed with mass immigration” (UK media comment when 10 times more Polish immigrants arrived after Poland joined the EU than had been predicted) or “scientists report that a balanced diet is the best way to eat” in response to discussion about whether or not fad diets are bad for the overall health of the human body.
    The most irritating thing is that people get granted funding for this kind of research when they could just wander into the street and ask the first five hundred people they see whether they think too much salt in a diet is a bad thing – damn sight cheaper, quicker results and same results as have been gained from a two-year long study! Rant over.