A rather large international study concludes adults should drink no more than one alcoholic beverage a day, or seven per week — any more and the risk for heart attack, stroke, fatal hypertension and other diseases goes up.
In a coordinated study involving more than 80 researchers across the globe working with data from nearly 600,000 drinkers, the results found a correlation between increased alcohol consumption and an increased risk of death among the drinkers studied.
At age 40, depending on how much alcohol is consumed weekly beyond 7 drinks, life expectancy drops from 6 months to 5 years.
The study also concluded recommended alcohol consumption guides in most countries are higher than what the research suggests they should be. In the United States, for example, the upper limit is roughly 11 drinks per week, four more than what the study found. In other countries, the recommended limit is 14 drinks, or twice the study’s findings.
The complete study can be accessed at the Lancet Journal Web site (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)30134-X/fulltext).