Drinks a Week? US Alcohol Guidelines Should Be Lowered, Study Says


Drinking raises the risk of stroke by 14%, heart failure by 9% and fatal aortic aneurysm by 15%, the researchers said.

"The paper estimates a 40-year-old drinking four units a day above the guidelines [the equivalent of drinking three glasses of wine in a night] has roughly two years' lower life expectancy, which is around a 20th of their remaining life".

Drinking more than a glass of wine or beer can take years off your life, a study has found.

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.

Indulging in 10 or more drinks above the limit was linked with between one and two years shorter life expectancy, while 18 drinks or more was linked with between four and five years shorter life expectancy.

Authors of the Lancet study said their findings backed up the new guidelines and also said they did not find an increased risk of death for light drinkers.

According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, a standard drink in the USA is a 12 fl oz. can of regular (5 percent alcohol) beer, a 5 fl oz. glass of 12 percent wine or a 1.5 fl oz. shot of a 40 percent distilled spirit like vodka or whiskey.

A large new study has suggested that you are more at risk of dying or of a range of heart and circulatory conditions if you have as little as one alcoholic drink a day. The recommended upper limit for alcohol intake also exceeds seven drinks per week in countries like Italy, Portugal and Spain.

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Notably, the heavier drinkers were less likely to have a heart attack. However, drinking above this limit was linked with lower life expectancy. The risks of drinking over the allowed weekly limit for a 40-year-old were comparable to smoking, according to the study's authors.

There are some health benefits to be gained from drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, but science cautions that it will start negatively affecting your health past a certain threshold.

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

A huge global study has found that adults should not drink more than, on average, one alcoholic drink a day.

Rao, visiting lecturer in old age psychiatry at King's College London, told The Guardian the study "highlights the need to reduce alcohol related harm in baby boomers, an age group now at highest risk of rising alcohol misuse".

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 researchers focused on who developed - and died from - stroke and different forms of heart disease. Set at just 14 units a week for men and women, they were introduced to a certain amount of skepticism by England's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies in 2016.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says it is is reviewing the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009.

In numerous individual studies included in the meta-analysis, the participants were asked only once about how much alcohol they drank - and people are notoriously bad at accurately reporting their drinking.