Drinking too much can take years off of your life

Drinking too much can take years off of your life

Drinking too much can take years off of your life

And because they did not have more data from all stages of each survey participant's life, the authors conceded that they "probably under-estimated potential benefits associated with lowering alcohol consumption". The paper estimates a 40-year-old drinking four units a day above the guidelines has roughly two years lower life expectancy, which is about one twentieth of their remaining life.

The US government guidelines define low-risk drinking as two "standard" alcoholic drinks a day for men and one for women plus no more than a total of 14 drinks per week. They stress that the lower risk of non-fatal heart attack must be considered in the context of the increased risk of several other serious and often fatal cardiovascular diseases.

The study published Thursday in the Lancet analyzed data from 600,000 people who drink zero to more than 350 grams of alcohol per week.

In Canada, it's recommended women drink a maximum of two glasses of beer or wine per day.

In 2016, the United Kingdom guidelines were for 6 pints of beer or six glasses of wine per week, but they have recently lowered the guidelines with one less pint of beer or glass of wine.

Recommended alcohol limits in Italy, Portugal and Spain are nearly 50 per cent higher than the 100 grams per week limit, and in the U.S., the upper limit for men is near 196 grams per week or 11 glasses and 98 grams per week for women. For women, the recommendation tops out at one drink per day, which is 98 grams per week.

Drinking alcohol was linked with a reduced risk of non-fatal heart disease, but scientists said this benefit was wiped out by a higher risk of other forms of the illness.

Alcohol consumption was found to be associated with a lower risk of non-fatal heart attacks but researchers point out that this must be weighed against increased risk of potentially fatal heart disease. "These findings underline what we have already said".

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Their findings indicate the USA recommendation for alcohol is too high, could be leading to shorter life expectancies and therefore should be lowered.

If the MACH15 study produces an outcome favorable to the alcohol industry, Saitz and others believe it will be used by the industry to make health claims about its products even as more independent studies are consistently showing that people ought to be drinking less alcohol, not more. "Nonetheless, the findings ought to be widely disseminated and they should provoke informed public and professional debate".

As statistics expert Professor David Spiegelhalter explained, the study "estimates that, compared to those who only drink a little, people who drink at the current United Kingdom guidelines suffer no overall harm in terms of death rates".

No surprise, but the report finds that exceeding 100 grams increases your likelihood of a variety of bad things - stroke, aneurysm, heart failure, etc.

At age 40 drinking more then 100g of alcohol or 10 standard drinks has been found to lower life expectancy by between six months to five years.

Jake Najman, Emeritus Professor from the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) at The University of Queensland, says the study suggests even modest quantities of alcohol increase the risk of earlier death. Public health advocates have criticized the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health (MACH15) study in part because starting in 2013, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism solicited donations from the world's biggest alcohol producers, according to the New York Times, to fund the $100 million study-a project equal to a quarter of the agency's annual budget.

As for the threshold for low-risk drinking, White said, "there's no magic number here".

The study recommended a hard-line threshold of 100 grams of pure alcohol per week, with any more than that beginning to affect longevity.

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