Study: Even Moderate Drinking Could Take Years Off Your Life

By Anna Breuer on 14 April 2018
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IMG_5533Regular moderate drinking of alcohol could take years off a person’s life, according to a new report in The Lancet.

Authors of the study, “Risk Thresholds for Alcohol Consumption,” looked at 83 prior studies on the drinking habits of some 600,000 regular imbibers without cardiovascular disease from 19 different countries across the globe, to develop their findings..

The University of Cambridge-led researchers found that a safe limit for drinking was five drinks per week. Having more than this would raise the risk of disease directly attributable to the alcohol intake.

“These data support adoption of lower limits of alcohol consumption than are recommended in most current guidelines,” the authors wrote in the study.

They found that having between ten and 15 alcoholic drinks every week could shorten a person’s life expectancy by up to two years. Those people who have more than 18 drinks a week were linked to a lower life expectancy by four to five years.

Guidelines from the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommend limiting consumption to one drink per day for women and two for men, with a drink defined as 12 fluid ounces (0.35 liters) of beer or five fluid ounces (0.15 liters) of wine, while U.K. guidelines recommend no more than 14 units per week, regardless of gender, which translates to six pints (3.4 liters) of beer or seven glasses of wine.

Authors of the study said they did not find an increased risk of death for those who imbibe lightly.

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