Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

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 large study of nearly 600,000 drinkers showed that people who drank more than 12.5 units (100g) of alcohol a week were likely to die sooner than those who drank no more than this amount.

The study suggests that if you are a 40-year-old regularly drinking between 200g and 350g of alcohol per week - about 10 to 18 glasses of wine or pints of beer - you will, according to the research lower your life expectancy by around one to two years.

The more people drank, the higher the risk of a range of life threatening illnesses, including stroke and heart failure.

The study was wide-ranging, involving 120 co-authors and close to 600,000 participants in 83 surveys from 19-high income countries.

Even a daily glass of wine or pint of beer significantly raises the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The report therefore concluded that the recommended weekly limit for consumption be standardised across different countries at that level for both men and women.

Researchers in a 2016 study from Stanford said "that what constitutes a "standard drink" in each country is far from standard", yet "in many cases these guidelines are adopted as public health policy and even printed onto alcoholic beverages without knowing whether people read them, understand them or change their behavior as a result".

The global study, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, also looked at the association between alcohol and different types of cardiovascular disease.

"What this is saying is, if you're really concerned about your longevity, don't have more than a drink a day", said David Jernigan, a Johns Hopkins University alcohol researcher who was not involved in the study.

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"Many people in the United Kingdom regularly drink over what's recommended", she said.

The findings appeared in The Lancet medical journal. The report, produced in part by Tim Naimi, an associate professor of medicine who studies public health and alcohol at the Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health, said the USA has kept taxes on alcohol low and poorly enforces laws governing alcohol consumption.

"What it shows is that the amount of alcohol consumed affects the risk of dying", says Yeap.

The researchers found that the more alcohol a person consumed, the higher their risk of stroke and heart failure.

Scientists claim that alcohol consumption in excess of 100 g reduces life by six months, respectively, taking alcohol dose of 250 g up to 2 years.

The researchers suggest that the government recommendations for safe alcohol need to be rethought.

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

In 2016, the United Kingdom changed its national guidelines for alcohol consumption, reducing the recommended daily limit for alcohol.

"These figures are in line with the UK Chief Medical Officer's guidance and support previous studies which show that the lifetime risk from many cardiovascular diseases for most people who are moderate drinkers is lower than for those who drink heavily, or don't drink at all".

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