Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

"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 Blazer, the report's co-author. The group partly funded the study, which was published Thursday by the Lancet journal.

Commenting on the findings, Professor Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, said: "The study makes clear that on balance there are no health benefits from drinking alcohol, which is usually the case when things sound too good to be true".

The researcher found that those people who drink about five glasses of wine a week or more may have the higher risk of early death.

Drinking over this limit can shorten the life expectancy.

The researchers found that regularly drinking over this was linked to lower life expectancy. 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).

The worldwide team of researchers analyzed almost 600,000 people aged 30-100 from 19 different countries as part of 80 different studies.

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12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits is defined as a drink.

But she added: "This doesn't mean we should rest on our laurels, many people in the United Kingdom regularly drink over what's recommended".

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Participants' alcohol intake was also self-reported so people may have under-reported the amount they drink.

Of the 599,912 people in the study, 40,310 died and 39,018 got cardiovascular disease during an average 7.5 years of follow-up.

Researchers studying alcohol consumption and mortality have advised countries like the USA slash their drinking guidelines. In fact, over-drinking could be as bad for your health as many years of smoking. Chronic alcohol-related harms include cancer, liver cirrhosis and other diseases and illnesses.

The authors say their findings challenge the widely held belief that moderate drinking is beneficial to cardiovascular health, and support the UK's recently lowered guidelines.

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

Wood and her colleagues found that the threshold for health risks is 100 grams per week (about the alcohol in seven standard American beers, though craft beers have higher alcohol content).

They said their detailed analysis of cardiovascular conditions helped to explain the complex links between drinking alcohol and cardiovascular disease, which increased risk of conditions mainly caused by high blood pressure but slightly decreased risks of heart attacks - possibly because of links between alcohol and cholesterol.

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.

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