'No amount of booze is safe'


Globally, alcohol use was the seventh leading risk factor for both deaths and DALYs in 2016, accounting for 2·2% (95% uncertainty interval [UI] 1·5-3·0) of age-standardised female deaths and 6·8% (5·8-8·0) of age-standardised male deaths.

"The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising, particularly as improved methods and analyses continue to show how much alcohol use contributes to global death and disability".

"This level is in conflict with most health guidelines, which espouse health benefits associated with consuming up to two drinks per day".

There is no safe level of drinking, according to a study which found that almost three million deaths globally in 2016 were attributed to alcohol consumption.

However, the Beaufort County Health Department says they are still telling people that drinking in moderation in health. The researchers estimated that 2.8 billion people are current drinkers.

Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze. The study defines a standard alcoholic drink as one that contains 10 grams of "pure ethyl alcohol".

"Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increase with any amount of alcohol".

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Ukranian women who drink were in a league of their own, putting away more than four glasses or shots every 24 hours, followed by Andorra, Luxembourg, Belarus, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Britain, all averaging about three per day.

The study's authors indicate that the links between alcohol and cancer, injuries, and other diseases far outweigh any positive benefits associated with reducing heart disease or other ailments. So we may conclude from the different studies of alcohol that the safest amount of alcohol consumption is zero.

That may all change thanks to new research. Two drinks bumped that number to 7%. In the United Kingdom one unit is 8g of alcohol.

The study published by The Lancet medical journal this past week says in 2016, alcohol was a leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between 15 and 49 years old across globe.

Britain's health authority, for example, suggests not exceeding 14 drinks per week "to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level".

Governments should act to discourage drinking, they recommended. There are much higher risks for disease and death with more drinks consumed, according to the study.

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