Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Additional Alcohol Drinking May Reduce Lifespan

Additional Alcohol Drinking May Reduce Lifespan

"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", co-author Dan G. Blazer of Duke University said, according to USA Today. Participants were asked about their drinking habits, and their health was tracked for years after.

It found that people who have 10-15 drinks a week had their lives cut short by 1-2 years, while drinking 18 drinks a week shortens life by five years.

Additional alcohol drinking may reduce lifespan, as a person drinks more than one glass of alcohol a day lead to the early mortality.

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According to the research, drinking more alcohol is associated with a higher risk of stroke, fatal aneurysm, heart failure and death. This equates to around six pints of beer or six glasses of wine a week.

Drinking three to four times a week also increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes. This study was focused at the effect of alcohol use disorders and was conducted over one million adults diagnosed with mental and behavioural disorders or chronic diseases that were attributable to the chronic harmful use of alcohol. "It estimates that, compared to those who only drink a little, people who drink at the current United Kingdom guidelines suffer no overall harm in terms of death rates, and have 20% fewer heart attacks".

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