Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

Study reveals sobering news on how much you should be drinking

Study reveals sobering news on how much you should be drinking

About half the people in the study reported drinking more than 100 grams of alcohol per week, and 8 percent drank more than 350 grams (12 ounces) per week.

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.

The Netherlands' guideline for drinking alcohol is: do not drink alcohol, or at least not more than one glass a day. He told The Guardian that previous evidence shows it is likely that people drinking a lot more than 43 units are likely to lose even more life expectancy, and he would not be surprised if the heaviest drinkers lost as many years of life as a smoker.

"Alcohol consumption is associated with a slightly lower risk of non-fatal heart attacks but this must be balanced against the higher risk associated with other serious - and potentially fatal - cardiovascular diseases".

Very light drinking seemed to have a small protective effect against non-fatal heart attacks. However, greater risks from other causes of death outweighed any advantage that might bring. Find out more about calculating units of alcohol.

However, the worldwide study carries implications for countries across the world, where alcohol guidelines vary substantially. It was funded by the UK Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, National Institute for Health Research in the UK, European Union and European Research Council.

Two years is one-twentieth of a 40-year-old's life.

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

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The new research does not suggest that a drinker who has just a little too much every day is falling off an epidemiological cliff. There's also no agreed classification for the size of a glass of wine.

'It's as if each unit above guidelines is taking, on average, 15 minutes of life - about the same as a cigarette, ' said David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge.

What kind of research was this?

This type of research - especially when carried out at this scale and with the care the authors took to ensure their methods were robust - is a good way to summarise the best research we have on a particular subject.

What is a standard drink?

The study uses self-reported alcohol consumption across 19 high-income countries. "Drinking is really fun, but you should not do it for your health". The new study also excluded people with existing heart disease.

How did the researchers interpret the results?

According to the research, drinking more alcohol is associated with a higher risk of stroke, fatal aneurysm, heart failure and death.

The study's recommendations are significantly less than what many countries recommend as an alcohol consumption limit. The alcohol industry has helped perpetuate the notion, funding and promoting further studies claiming a host of other health benefits from moderate alcohol consumption-everything from lower rates of deafness to a prevention for dementia.

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