Even one additional alcoholic beverage can take years off your life. If you think that you are a moderate drinker and enjoy single beer a night then this new study will force you to think about that extra glass in a wholly different light.
A new study published in Lancet Medical Journal by researchers at the University of Cambridge found that a little too much alcohol is dangerous for you. According to Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation, the new research “is a serious wake-up call for many countries.” Higher alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of stroke, fatal hypertensive disease, and heart failure.
The new findings surpass the moderate drinking guidelines by the American Heart Association and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention which has suggested moderate drinking as two drinks for men and one drink for women. But the new study defines that more than 7 drinks a week can increase the risk of mortality.
The researchers tracked 600,000 people from 19 high-income countries for years after. They asked them about their drinking habits. The result found those individuals who consumed less than 100 grams of alcohol per week, found to have the lowest mortality rate. While those who reported drinking about seven to 14 drinks per week had a lower life expectancy of six months.
“This study has shown that drinking alcohol at levels which were believed to be safe is actually linked with lower life expectancy and several adverse health outcomes,” said co-author Dan G. Blazer of Duke University.