Alcohol is a global killer, study finds

Pearl Mccarthy
August 26, 2018

Its conclusion based on these results was: "Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden and causes substantial health loss". According to a new study by researchers studying the effects of alcohol, there's actually no safe amount of those tasty intoxicating beverages.

"The research also found that any level of alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of ill health, even after accounting for the fact that moderate drinking may protect against heart disease", Colin Angus, from the University of Sheffield's Alcohol Research Group, said in a statement.

"The study confirms that alcohol is one of the world's leading causes of disability, disease and death", Humphreys said.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) who investigated alcohol consumption and its effects in 195 countries between 1990 and 2016. Therefore, the authors concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol.

Having one alcoholic drink a day, containing 10 grams of pure alcohol (an average 100ml glass of wine, half a pint of beer, or 30ml of spirits, for example) increases the risk of developing a range of illnesses including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory infections and pancreatitis compared to not drinking at all. There are also studies showing that the social and mental wellbeing of individuals is enhanced through the responsible enjoyment of alcohol around friends.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends women limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day and men two drinks per day, but it's easy to unknowingly go over these limits. The death in younger population was linked to tuberculosis, road injuries and self-harm.

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.

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We've always been told that a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart or a beer a day won't hurt you-but a major report that surveyed over a thousand previous studies debunks those claims, reports the Guardian.

"I think alcohol is ingrained in our society, so to make the decision to not drink is really bold".

"What's surprising is that no amount of drinking is good for you", says senior researcher Emmanuela Gakidou.

It analysed 694 global data sources in addition to 592 prospective and retrospective studies on alcohol consumption and found that approximately a quarter of the planet (2bn people) were drinkers, 63pc of who were male.

One third of the world, that is 2.4 billion people, drinks alcohol. Speaking to the BBC, she said: "One drink a day does represent a small increased health risk, but adjust that to the United Kingdom population as a whole and it represents a far bigger number, and most people are not drinking just one drink a day". Just over 2 percent of women and almost 7 percent of men worldwide die from alcohol-related health problems each year.

The findings contrast with most health guidelines, which say that moderate drinking - about 1 drink a day for women and 2 for men - is safe.

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