Light Drinking Increases Risk Of Death

Alicia Farmer
October 6, 2018

A new study reveals even light drinking is bad for your health.

A major study (meta-analysis) was recently conducted by the internationally renowned medical journal The Lancet, which reviewed over 700 published research and concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption (unfortunately ...).

"It used to seem like having one or two drinks per day was no big deal, and there even have been some studies suggesting it can improve health", first author Sarah M. Hartz said in a statement.

Professor Sarah Hartz, of Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, said: 'This report demonstrates an association between increased mortality and drinking behaviours that falls within the current US dietary guidelines for "healthy" alcohol use.

What's interesting about this line of research is how it seems to conflict with other studies that suggest small amounts of alcohol - such as red wine - may not be such a bad thing.

The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) defines moderate drinking as no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.

The study looked at data from 400,000 USA adults aged between 18 and 85 and researchers found the increased mortality risk affected drinking age-groups differently, with people under the age of 40 less likely to die early from alcohol related problems.

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"A 20 percent increase in the risk of death is a much bigger deal in older people who already are at higher risk", Hartz added.

When it comes to those who have a family history of cancer, however, any drinking at all was found to be detrimental to the risk of developing the disease. The Washington University team analysis focused on light drinkers: those who consumed only one or two drinks a day. She explained that since very few people die in their 20s, a 20% increased risk of premature death is less significant at that age than it would be for someone in their 70s.

The research team discovered that drinking one to two drinks four or more times per week increased the risk of premature death by 20%, compared with drinking three times a week or less.

"The lowest risk group was people who drank one or two drinks just two to three times weekly", she said.

They evaluated heart disease and cancer risk among the individuals, whose ages ranged between 18 and 85 and were tracked from 1997 to 2009.

Hartz predicted that in the future, some doctors may recommend that people with family histories of heart problems have an occasional drink.

You may have to rethink that daily glass of wine for health reasons.

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