Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Want to Live Longer? Study Proves You Must Drink Less Alcohol

Drinking a pint of beer may lower your life expectancy by the same amount as smoking a cigarette.     NeydtStock Drinking a pint of beer may lower your life expectancy by the same amount as smoking a cigarette. NeydtStock
Becky Salazar | 15 April, 2018, 01:29

A 40-year-old who clocks in at 200 to 350 grams (between 10 and 18 drinks) loses one to two years of life, and a maniac who downs more than 350 grams per week (more than 18 drinks) at age 40 can drop their life expectancy by as much as five years.

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

In contrast to those findings, alcohol consumption was also linked with a slightly lower risk of nonfatal heart attack.

The researchers said their main finding was that the lowest risk for avoiding harm from alcohol was found in people drinking no more than 100g, or 12.5 units, of alcohol a week. The safe lower limit is 5 glasses per week. But for those who do, the US Department of Agriculture's Dietary Guidelines recommend women limit their consumption to no more than one drink per day (98 grams per week) and men to two daily drinks (196 grams per week).

Dr Bartone said all studies showed there was no "safe level" of alcohol consumption, and European health agencies have always been advocating to keep drinking to a minimum, as it is a contributing factor to a number of cancers, liver disease and all forms of heart disease and stroke. It offers strong evidence to support recommendations that people drink within relatively low alcohol limits, like those recently introduced in the UK.

Although the study did find that drinking alcohol was associated with a lower risk of non-fatal heart attacks, experts said that "on balance", drinking alcohol has no health benefits.

The guidelines recommend women over 21 drink no more than one drink per day, but this rises to two drinks for men.

This equates to around six pints of 4% strength beer or six 175ml glasses of 13% wine.

The study found that people who drink more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner than those who drink less.

But alcohol consumption, even at that allegedly moderate level, is also associated with a suite of cardiovascular problems, including stroke, aortic aneurysm, fatal hypertensive disease and heart failure. However, it's very easy to cross the unsafe threshold over which cardiovascular diseases have a field day.

To drink alcoholic beverages to the mind.

While most Canadians drink alcohol in moderation, the government estimates four to five million of them engage in high risk drinking.

The British Heart Foundation's Senior dietician, Victoria Taylor stressed that this study "may make sobering reading for countries that have set their recommendations at higher levels than the United Kingdom, but this does seem to broadly reinforce government guidelines for the UK".

Many people can drink far more than that in a single day.

"Although non-fatal heart attacks are less likely in people who drink, this benefit is swamped by the increased risk of other forms of heart disease including fatal heart attacks and stroke". However, the study used self-reported alcohol consumption and relied on observational data, so no firm conclusions can me made about cause and effect.

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