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One alcoholic drink a day will shorten life, study finds

One alcoholic drink a day will shorten life, study finds

About half of the people in the study reported drinking more than 12.5 units of alcohol a week.

Men in the U.S. are advised to drink no more than 11 glasses of wine, or pints of beer, nearly double than in the UK.

The research, which analyzed data from almost 600,000 people in 19 countries, found that drinking more than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of alcohol per week (the equivalent of about seven standard drinks in the United States) was linked to an increased risk of early death during the study period.

"The study supports an adoption of lower limits of alcohol consumption than are recommended in most current guidelines across the globe - 100 grams per week maximum", Professor Hall said.

Five standard 175ml glasses of wine or five pints a week is the upper safe limit - about 100g of alcohol, or 12.5 units in total. It does reduce the chance of a non-fatal heart attack.

The study estimated that those who consume between 10 and 15 alcoholic drinks every week could have their lives shorted by one to two years, and even if you're only on five to 10 drinks a week, that could still shorten your life by up to six months. "It also highlights the need to reduce alcohol-related harm in baby boomers, an age group now at highest risk of rising alcohol misuse", said Dr.

He added that he would like to see the country embrace a public health messaging campaign focusing on the health dangers of excessive drinking.

It's no secret that alcohol can be bad for health in other ways, too.

Tim Chico, is professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield.

Heavier drinkers who enjoy 18 or more drinks a week are likely to lose five years of life, the researchers concluded. But more recently, scientists have taken aim at a lot of those studies, finding their methodology deeply flawed and casting serious doubt as to whether alcohol really is some kind of miracle drug.

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Drinking was also associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease, and fatal aortic aneurysms but a lowered risk of non-fatal heart attacks.

However, higher levels of alcohol were also linked to a lower risk of heart attack, or myocardial infarction. Data on the age, sex, diabetes status, smoking habits and other factors relating to cardiovascular disease were also analyzed. 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.

Study participants who said they consumed more than seven drinks per week had higher overall rates of mortality.

"In addition, studies have shown that enjoying alcohol responsibly in communal settings such as pubs brings drinkers many benefits to their wellbeing and mental health".

Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said the study seemed to "broadly reinforce" government guidelines in the UK.

Canada and Sweden have similar guidelines.

The recommended limits in Italy, Portugal, and Spain are nearly 50% higher than this.

Of course, you can be sure many will not be happy to read about these findings.

That's less than what's recommended in many countries.

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