Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Drinking too much can take years off of your life

Drinking too much can take years off of your life

Wood said, "Drinking more may reduce the risk of nonfatal heart attack, but actually, let's balance that against the higher risk of stroke and other fatal cardiovascular diseases and shorter life expectancy".

The drop in life expectancy for a 40-year-old who drinks between 100 and 200 grams is six months, on average, compared with someone who drinks between zero and 100 grams, the study found.

The new report, published Thursday in The Lancet and boasting 120 co-authors, aggregated data from multiple studies of drinking patterns and health outcomes among almost 600,000 people in 19 high-income countries. The Australian guidelines suggest a full-strength can or stubby of 375 millilitres of beer or a restaurant serving of 150 millilitres of white wine is 1.4 standard drinks.

An analysis of almost 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week - around five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer - were at an increased risk of early death.

The researchers say that recommended drinking guidelines in the United Kingdom - which were recently lowered to 14 units per week - are a good guideline.

The study also found that alcohol consumption was linked with an increased risk of stroke or heart failure, as well as an increased risk of death from hypertensive disease (high blood pressure) or an aortic aneurysm.

Moderate alcohol consumption also poses health risks, according to a new worldwide study.

Dr Dan G Blazer, co-author, at Duke University in the U.S., says doctors and other healthcare professionals must transmit this message to their patients.

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Drinking ten glasses of wine a week can cut life expectancy by two years, a major study says. The study did not look at the effect of alcohol consumption over the life-course or account for people who may have reduced their consumption due to health complications. "Nonetheless, the findings ought to be widely disseminated and they should provoke informed public and professional debate".

Nowcomes a huge study spearheaded by the UK's University of Cambridge published in The Lancet this week.

The study was wide-ranging, involving 120 co-authors and close to 600,000 participants in 83 surveys from 19-high income countries.

However other countries reportedly still have much higher limits than the UK.

In contrast, drinking more was associated with a lower risk of non-fatal heart attacks. The highest level of drinking in the study - more than 350 grams per week - was linked with a 4- to 5-year reduction in life expectancy.

The work of British scientists confirmed the previous study according to which the safe dose of alcohol for men and women - 112 grams of alcohol per week. The aggregated data did show that moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of nonfatal heart attacks.

"This study makes it clear that alcohol leads to many other diseases which, in total, increase the risk of death".

Rao, visiting lecturer in old age psychiatry at King's College London, told The Guardian the study "highlights the need to reduce alcohol related harm in baby boomers, an age group now at highest risk of rising alcohol misuse". In 2015 Seidell helped to establish the Dutch Alcohol Directive.

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