Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

Calls for a review of safe alcohol consumption guidelines

The results applied equally to women and men.

For example, USA guidelines recommend that men drink no more than 196 grams (7 ounces) per week, or 14 standard drinks.

The "safe" limit of drinking before the risk of death increased is around 12.5 alcohol units per week - the equivalent of around five pints of beer. For example, life expectancy was 6 months lower among those who drank 100 to 200 grams (7 ounces) per week, and life expectancy was 1 to 2 years lower among those who drank 200 to 300 grams (10.5 ounces) per week, compared with those who drank less than 100 grams a week.

Drinking raises the risk of stroke by 14%, heart failure by 9% and fatal aortic aneurysm by 15%, the researchers said.

Drinking 10 or more drinks every week was linked to one to two years shorter life expectancy.

The government's health website says that while most Canadians drink in moderation, it's estimated that four to five million of them engage in "high risk drinking, which is linked to motor vehicle accidents, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other health issues, family problems, crime and violence".

Where did the story come from?

The study was funded by the BHF, UK Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, European Union Framework 7 and European Research Council. Those in the study who drank a lot more than that had significantly higher risks of dying from any cause, including heart disease, but even going from one daily drink to two raised heart disease and mortality risks significantly. If you don't drink wine, substitute a can of beer or a shot of liquor for each glass.

The risk starts rising with as little as one drink a day on average. There's also no agreed classification for the size of a glass of wine.

Professor Bu Yeap, a co-author from the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia, says the study is important as it analyses data from almost 600,000 people from all over the world.

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What kind of research was this?

After studying over 600,000 people from 19 countries in the world, the scientists reached a conclusion. This type of research - especially when carried out at this scale and with the care the authors took to ensure their methods were robust - is a good way to summarise the best research we have on a particular subject. And the study didn't account for any changes in their drinking habits.

What did the research involve?

To get there, they analyzed 83 studies on alcohol consumption pulled from a variety of worldwide studies spanning nearly 50 years and 19 countries, allowing them to compare the effects on multiple different "subtypes in current drinkers of alcohol".

A spokesman for the Portman Group, the social responsibility body for alcohol producers in the United Kingdom, said: "Official statistics show that the vast majority (76%) chose not to drink or drink within guidelines, which are among the lowest in Europe". They recorded 40,310 deaths and 39,018 cardiovascular disease events among the group's members. Italians, Portuguese and Spanish drinkers are warned that consuming more than around nine glasses of wine could be risky.

Dr. Angela Wood of Cambridge University led the research.

'This is a massive and very impressive study.

Limits in Italy, Portugal and Spain are about 50 percent higher than in Britain, where the threshold for safe drinking was recently lowered to 112g.

The worldwide study, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, also looked at the association between alcohol and different types of cardiovascular disease. While that may be true for heart attacks, it's isn't for stroke or other conditions.

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