Even one drink a day has health risks

Even one drink a day has health risks

Even one drink a day has health risks

For the new study, the researchers analyzed information from 599,912 people in high-income countries who drank alcohol but did not have heart disease at the study's start.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge recently conducted a study that examined the health risks of drinking more than the recommended alcohol guidelines.

The research, which included Australian authors and data, found that drinking more than this lowered people's life expectancy at age 40 by between six months and five years.

The research found a surge in the risk of various conditions for every 12.5 units a week (the equivalent of five pints of beer) consumed.

Around half of the almost 600,000 participants said they consumed the equivalent of more than of seven alcoholic drinks per week, while almost 10 percent reported drinking more than 25.

"This study has shown that drinking alcohol at levels which were believed to be safe is actually linked with lower life expectancy and several adverse health outcomes", said Dr. Dan G. Blazer of Duke University, who co-authored the study.

Researchers also warned that anyone who necks more than 18 drinks a week could end up losing four to five years of their lives.

New research suggests alcohol consumption should be limited to less than 10 standard drinks in a week to avoid significant health risks, including premature death, a number much lower than the current recommendation of no more than 14 standard drinks each week.

Just think how easy it is to sink six pints of nice, cold lager on a hot summer's day, or to work your way through a few glasses of wine after a long day.

However, higher levels of alcohol were also linked to a lower risk of heart attack, or myocardial infarction.

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However, the studies analysed were all observational studies, as it wouldn't be ethical to carry out studies where some people were encouraged to drink an unhealthy amount of alcohol.

The United States government now advises no more than seven drinks a week for women and 14 for men.

In numerous individual studies included in the meta-analysis, the participants were asked only once about how much alcohol they drank - and people are notoriously bad at accurately reporting their drinking.

The study's likely to be controversial, said Jason Connor and Wayne Hall of the University of Queensland Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research in Australia. They include Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as the U.S., where for men the recommended limit is nearly double. "Drinking is really fun, but you should not do it for your health". Experts say this is because it increases levels of good cholesterol, which can help protect against fatty deposits in blood vessels, reducing your risk of heart and circulatory disease.

Beer drinking at the Oktoberfest Festival, September, 2014.

The researchers particularly looked at cardiovascular diseases in this study.

But the authors highlight that their study account for people who may have changed their drinking habits and relied on data from people reporting their own drinking habits.

The scientists found that 12.5 units a week was the upper safe limit before a heightened risk of premature death, but they said that drinking in any quantities increases the likelihood of developing cardiovascular illnesses.

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