No amount of alcohol is safe, new study warns

A new comprehensive global study on drinking alcohol suggests there is no safe level of drinking

123RF A new comprehensive global study on drinking alcohol suggests there is no safe level of drinking

The study included data on individual and population alcohol consumption from nearly 700 sources, in addition to nearly 600 studies on the risk of alcohol use.

In this age group, the main causes of alcohol-related deaths were tuberculosis (1.4 percent), road injuries (1.2 percent) and self-harm (1.1 percent), the findings showed.

But US lead researcher Dr Max Griswold, said: 'Although the health risks associated with alcohol start off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more'.

Men in Romania who partake knocked back a top-scoring eight drinks a day on average, with Portugal, Luxembourg, Lithuania and Ukraine just behind at seven "units" per day. "But the evidence is the evidence". For people over 50, cancers were a leading cause of alcohol-related death. British men drink a similar amount, but this puts them in 62nd position compared to other men globally.

Going teetotal is the only way to avoid risking health with alcohol, scientists have claimed. She was not involved in the study. That's in part because some older studies didn't account for the fact that many people who don't drink abstain either because they had addiction issues in the past, or have other health problems that force them to stay away from alcohol. It's even higher in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The Global Burden of Disease led the study, which looked at data specifically from 1990 to 2016, according to BBC News. And indeed it was, said, researchers. "Any of these policy actions would contribute to reductions in population-level consumption, a vital step toward decreasing the health loss associated with alcohol use", the researchers said.

Among men, drinking alcohol in 2016 was most widespread in Denmark (97 percent), along with Norway, Argentina, Germany, and Poland (94 percent).

Their report, published in the Lancet Medical Journal, warns that women may think having one glass of wine isn't harmful - but they are actually pouring themselves three measures. However, this risk jumps fast with heavier drinking: 7% for those who have two drinks a day and 37% for those with five. Although they didn't make the top 10, 85.3% of men and 81.3% of women in the United Kingdom said they had tippled in the previous 12 months.

Countries with the lowest percentage of drinking citizens were typically Arab and Middle Eastern nations. That might be true in isolation, Gakidou said, but the picture changes when all risks are considered.

He said the research showed the links between drinking alcohol and the risk of cancer, injuries and infectious diseases are greater than the protective effects of alcohol linked to heart disease in women.

"The evidence is adding up that no amount of drinking is safe", says study co-author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor of global health and health metrics sciences at the University of Washington.

Meanwhile, some studies have questioned the long-standing idea that moderate drinking is good for heart health.

The study found that worldwide about 1 in 3 people drinks alcohol, while 25 percent of those drinkers were women and 39 percent were men.

According to the study published in "The Lancet", the people who indulge in occasional drinking are also at the stage of death risk.

Alcohol consumption is injurious to health! .

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