According to a major new study which the journal The Lancet recently published, regularly drinking in excess can increase your risk of an early death. In order to reach this interesting conclusion, a team of United Kingdom researchers analyzed 600,000 drinkers. This is how they discovered that having 10 to 15 alcoholic drinks per week can take between one and two years off of someone’s life. Apart from this, people who drink over 18 alcoholic drinks per week can lose up to five years of their life.
The authors of this new study are saying that their research backs up the new guidelines in the United Kingdom. Also, they said that they couldn’t find a more accentuated risk of death for light drinkers. The team of scientists also compared the drinking habits of people from 19 countries. This is how they managed to find out how many years would someone lose if they drank the same amount of alcohol for the rest of their lives starting at 40-years old. What they found shocked them. Someone who drinks five to 10 drinks per week can lose six months of their life.
Drinking in excess can shorten your life
Moreover, according to the authors, excessive drinking also increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. Apart from this, there was also a bigger risk of a stroke, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease, and deadly aortic aneurysm.
Experts not involved in the new study are saying that this finally proves that nothing good can come from drinking. Especially if you drink excessively. Things involving the benefits of red wine could actually sound too good to be true. While it’s true that different countries have different guidelines, this doesn’t mean that people should keep on drinking. There is always a risk, and it’s better to be aware of this and do something about it.
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