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Drinking more alcohol linked to lower life expectancy

Drinking more alcohol linked to lower life expectancy

For example, if a person drank over 10 drinks per week, they would live two years less, and 18 drinks per week can shorten the life with 4-5 years.

The study said those who consume more than that increase their risk of stroke and heart failure and can expect to die sooner than those who drink less.

A NEW GLOBAL health study of almost 600,000 drinkers has concluded that recommended weekly alcohol consumption should be lower than Ireland's current level.

The study, which was on Friday, was based on the health data of almost 600 thousand alcohol drinkers from 19 countries.

They found that 12.5 units of alcohol a week, approximately five large beers or five glasses of wine, was the upper safe limit of drinking.

A new worldwide study suggests that the recommended limits for drinking alcohol are too high in Canada and many other countries. 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 UK lowered its recommendations in 2016 to no more than 14 units a week, about six pints of beer or six medium glasses of wine.

Just think how easy it is to sink six pints of nice, cold lager on a hot summer's day, or to work your way through a few glasses of wine after a long day.

Alcohol consumption is also associated with higher risks of several types of cancer, including breast cancer.

That interpretation is not likely to be welcomed by the alcohol industry, which has embraced the idea, backed by the medical establishment, that moderate drinking may be good for you by lowering the risk of a heart attack.

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Drinking sensibly has been shown in the past to reduce the chance of a non-fatal heart attack and can even be good for the brain.

Estimated future years of life lost by extent of reported baseline alcohol consumption compared with those who reported consuming 0-≤100 g per week. The risks of drinking over the allowed weekly limit for a 40-year-old were comparable to smoking, according to the study's authors. The really heaviest drinkes out there might lose as many years of life as a smoker (ten years lost), the researchers say. They include Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as the U.S., where for men the recommended limit is nearly double.

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

The study uses self-reported alcohol consumption across 19 high-income countries.

It finds that the people who consume more than one drink a day face greater risks of dying from any cause than those who drink less.

"This research adds to a growing number of studies supporting current United Kingdom guidelines for lower risk drinking".

Several Australian studies were part of this collaboration, contributing to the research and making the findings relevant to Australians.

However, higher levels of alcohol were also linked to a lower risk of heart attack, or myocardial infarction.

"We should always remember that alcohol guidelines should act as a limit, not a target".

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