According to researchers on Thursday, people who adhere to the government recommendation to be taking a drink or kinda a day are likely putting themselves in an early grave.
When a person takes more than five drinks a week, he is prone to die earlier than those who don’t. This was shown by a new study which was conducted by examining more than half a million people around the globe.
This is in sharp contrast to what is recommended by many organizations around the globe. For example, the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association both say that it is healthy for men to take two alcoholic drinks a day and women one.
An international team of researchers examined the data of 600,000 people around the globe (in 19 countries) and were asked about their drinking habit as far back as 1964.
Both men and women who reported drinking more than expected had health problems such as strokes, heart disease, deadly high blood pressure, according to what the team reported to the Lancet Medical Journal.
A risk expert at the Britain’s University of Cambridge, David Spiegelhalter, who was not involved in the study said: “The paper estimates a 40-year-old drinking four units a day above the guidelines has roughly two year-lower life expectancy. This works out at about an hour per day. So it’s as if each unit above guidelines is taking, on average, about 15 minutes of life, about the same as a cigarette. Of course, it’s up to individuals whether they think this is worthwhile.”
However, on the word of the researchers, the most beautiful part of it is that people can remain healthy if they take five glasses of wine a week or its equivalence.
It is not surprising that alcohol poses a danger to the health of people. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer as well as heart disease. In fact, one study suggests that drinking is responsible for 15 percent of breast cancer cases.
So, drink less exercise more to cut the risk of heart disease and breast cancer.