Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

Light Drinking Increases Risk Of Death

Closeup of unrecognizable adult man slightly swirling a glass of rose wine under his nose and trying to catch bouquet. She's in a wine cellar there are blurry metal tanks in background. Backlit New research shows that we shouldn’t drink more than three glasses of wine per week
Gustavo Carr | 06 October, 2018, 21:27

The study was published by the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The health benefits of a daily glass of wine or alcoholic tipple may have been somewhat overstated, according to a study that shows regular drinking - even within "safe" limits - substantially increased the risk of premature death.

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.

However, the researchers found that in some cases drinking alcohol can indeed lower the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases, but since light drinking is triggering other lethal diseases, including cancer, drinking alcohol moderately is not healthy, overall.

Those who consumed one to two drinks four or more times a week - within current guidelines - were 20 percent more likely to die, it found. She said that people often underestimate how much drinking can increase the risk of some cancers, such as breast cancer.

For their study, Dr Hartz and team analysed data of over 400,000 USA adults between 18 and 85 years of age and found that there is a 20 per cent higher risk of an early death from any cause when people drank more than three days a week.

She said that her and her colleagues' research found that any level of drinking is tied to an increased risk of early death, cancer, and cardiovascular events.

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Carried out by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, the new large-scale study analysed data from more than 400,000 people ages 18 to 85. This increased death risk, the study authors add, remains consistent across all age groups.

Professor Hartz said light drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease but the results of her study indicate it will also increase your chances of cancer and early mortality.

The study concluded that drinking one to two portions of alcohol four or more times a week (a quantity generally considered non-harmful or even healthy) increases the risk of premature death by 20% compared to those who drink less than three drinks a week.

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

"If you tailor medical recommendations to an individual person, there may be situations under which you would think that occasional drinking potentially could be helpful", she said.

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