No amount of alcohol is safe, new study warns


The authors of the study, which looks at data on 28 million people worldwide, determined that considering the risks, there is "no safe level of alcohol".

According to the new study published in The Lancet, even one alcoholic drink a day is unsafe.

"With this data, it was possible to "[produce] estimates of the prevalence of current drinking [habits]. and alcohol-attributable deaths" as well as conduct "a new meta-analysis of relative risks for 23 health outcomes associated with alcohol use".

India had 2 - 4.9 per cent of death rates because of consuming alcohol according to the World Health Organization report. Of the 2.8 million deaths attributed to alcohol that year, the three leading causes were tuberculosis, road injuries and self-harm. And four more people would be affected if they had one drink a day.

The highest average amounts of daily drinks for men were in Romania (8.2 units), Portugal and Luxembourg (7.2 units), and Lithuania and Ukraine (7 units).

Get the latest health and science news, plus: burning questions and expert tips. "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.

You don't have to go far to find people, including doctors and researchers, who will argue that a little bit of alcohol can actually help you live a longer, healthier life.

Governments should act to discourage drinking, they recommended. 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. In the research, a standard alcoholic drink was defined as 10g alcohol.

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Professor Sonia Saxena from Imperial's School of Public Health is one of the authors on the paper. These findings however show that alcohol only had a protective effect against heart disease, and that the adverse effects of developing other health problems, particularly cancers, increased with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed each day.

The research also said that the "myth of the drunk Irish man" is inaccurate.

. "When you throw together everything in one big pot and draw conclusions for the whole world, it's just misleading".

How risky is moderate drinking? Alcohol is linked to over 20 negative and potentially deadly conditions including cancers, stroke, heart disease, and of course accidents (vehicular or otherwise) that tend to happen when people are drinking. It pointed to the higher risk of diseases like cancer for heavy consumers.

He said: "I was kind of too good at it".

"I think it comes down to a person by person basis".

"It is unrealistic to suggest that people should just stop drinking; however, it is important that there is an overall better awareness about the HSE low-risk guidelines". He said there is a need to be "pragmatic" about the advice people are given on drinking. But the benefits were outweighed by the harmful effects that came with alcohol.

The report said about 1 in 3 people consume alcohol, which is about 2.4 billion people globally.