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Study claims no safe level of alcohol consumption

Study claims no safe level of alcohol consumption

Globally, one in three people (32.5%) drink alcohol - equivalent to 2.4 billion people - including 25% of women (0.9 billion women) and 39% of men (1.5 billion men).

"This study is a stark reminder of the real, and potentially lethal, dangers that too much alcohol can have on our health and that even the lowest levels of alcohol intake increase our risks", said Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom, in a statement.

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption, according to a major global study. Alcohol was also shown to be the leading risk factor of premature deaths and disability in the age group 15-49, and accounted for 20 per cent of such deaths.

Researchers in the U.S. have pooled data from almost 600 studies and found the benefits of drinking alcohol are outweighed by the harm it causes.

There is no safe level of alcohol, a new study concludes - upending previous guidance that low levels of consumption can be safe, and even beneficial to health.

The findings suggest that there are no safe levels of alcohol consumption and that alcohol control programs and policies should recommend abstinence.

"This study is extremely important because it sheds light on the risky impact of alcohol - which is greatly minimized in our culture", said Joseph Garbely, vice president of medical services and medical director at Caron Treatment Centers.

Other harmful consequences from drinking alcohol included accidents and violence. In middle- and high-to-middle income countries, stroke was the reason behind the alcohol-related deaths. Thirty-nine percent are men, who drink an average of 1.7 drinks a day.

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We've always been told that a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart or a beer a day won't hurt you-but a major report that surveyed over a thousand previous studies debunks those claims, reports the Guardian. According to the study, there's a strong association between alcohol consumption and increased risk of cancer. And since they often quit alcohol due to their failing health, labelling them as non-drinkers only make current drinkers look healthier in comparison.

Irish women are having an average of three alcoholic drinks a day.

The study found that moderate drinking was, in fact, protective against ischemic heart disease. For people who consume two drinks a day, the risk of developing one of the 23 alcohol-related health problems increases by 7 percent over one year; and for those who drink five drinks a day, the risks increases 37 percent over one year.

Researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle looked at the effects of alcohol consumption on research participants aged between 15 and 95 in 195 countries from 1990 through 2016.

Every year 2.2.% of women and 6.8% of men die of alcohol-related health problems including cancer, tuberculosis, and liver disease.

"I think this is actually consistent with every organization's recommendation that, overall, no one should start drinking to prevent heart disease or diabetes", Mozaffarian says.

"The myth that one or two drinks a day are good for you is just that - a myth", she said "This study shatters that myth".


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