Publicado: Sáb, Abril 14, 2018
Espectáculos | Por Manuelo Venegas

Drinking too much can take years off of your life

Drinking too much can take years off of your life

Alarmingly, those who exceed 350g of alcohol every week, will reduce life expectancy by as much as four to five years.

People who do not drink at all can have worse health, also - something that can confuse consumers and doctors alike. None of the drinkers had a history of cardiovascular conditions.

"This study confirms what we have been saying for a long time: moderate consumption of alcohol is more beneficial than not drinking at all, and while heavy drinking of course carries risks to health, those risks only increase at a level of consumption far above the current United Kingdom consumption guidelines".

Authors said the study backed up the UK's recently lowered guidelines, which since 2016 recommend both men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week, the equivalent of about six drinks a week.

In the U.S., for example, the guidelines for men set an upper limit of nearly 25 units.

In the new study, published yesterday (April 12) in the journal The Lancet, researchers concluded that drinking guidelines should be lowered to a limit of 100 grams a week.

The report was based on a global study that included data from almost 600,000 current drinkers included in 83 studies carried out in 19 countries. It might be wine, sipped a little at a time, the study suggested.

Regularly drinking more than the recommended United Kingdom guidelines for alcohol could take years off your life, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Earlier studies had found women feel the effects of alcohol much quicker than men for numerous reasons, including the average man weighing more than the average women.

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

"Exploratory analyses suggested that drinkers of beer or spirits, as well as binge drinkers, had the highest risk for all-cause mortality", the researchers wrote.

Although non-fatal heart attacks were found to be slightly less likely in people who drank alcohol, this benefit would be outweighed by the increased risk of other forms of heart and circulatory diseases, including heart failure and stroke.

The researchers noted that the study tracked people's alcohol consumption for at least a year but did not examine the effect of alcohol consumption over a person's entire lifetime.

"When the US reviews their guidelines, I would hope they would use this as evidence to consider lowering the guidelines for men probably in line with female guidelines", the study's lead author, Angela Wood, a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge, told The Washington Post.

"This study makes it clear that alcohol leads to many other diseases which, in total, increase the risk of death".

"These recommended drinking levels will no doubt be described as implausible and impracticable by the alcohol industry and other opponents of public health warnings on alcohol".

Although the pool of data was extensive, information about alcohol consumption was self-reported, so the study's findings are limited.

Meanwhile, the Society of Independent Brewers' Association was equally incensed, also referencing a number of past studies which make a link between light drinking and mental wellbeing.

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