A new study has shown that people who consume alcohol every day may be shortening their lives. The study found that people who have more than five drinks per week may be taking years off their lives. The study involved over 600,000 people.
This is less than what many countries recommend for safe alcohol consumption. The general recommendation is that men can have up to two drinks per day, and women can have one drink. Ina report by CNBC, a team of researchers examined data from thousands of people from 19 countries. They found that drinking more than five drinks per day can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and aortic aneurysms.
David Spiegelhalter is a risk expert who works at Britain University of Cambridge. This means that drinking one drink per day can take about 15 minutes off of your life. It is equivalent to the risk associated with smoking one cigarette per day. Many people have much more than one drink per day.
Thirty-eight million people in America have admitted to binge drinking. They drink an average of eight drinks in one sitting. Over 2,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol affects your health in other ways. People who drink alcohol are more likely to develop breast cancer and heart disease.
Interestingly, some studies suggest that people who do not drink alcohol at all may have worse health. Angela Wood works at Cambridge University. She stated that people who abstain from alcohol may have other unhealthy habits that are shortening their lives.
Angela stated that the take-away message of this study is that if you drink, then you can improve your health by limiting the amount of alcohol that you consume. Victoria Taylor is a dietitian who works for the British Heart Foundation. She stated that the current alcohol recommendations should be a limit. They should not be a target.