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'Moderate' drinking guidelines are too loose, study says

15 April 2018, 12:33 | Lucy Hill

New research suggests even the Department of Health's strict new guidelines are too high Credit Image Source

New research suggests even the Department of Health's strict new guidelines are too high

"The study focused on current drinkers to reduce the risk of bias caused by those who abstain from alcohol due to poor health".

Heavier drinkers who enjoy 18 or more drinks a week are likely to lose five years of life, the researchers concluded.

The current Australian Guidelines recommend no more than 2 standard drinks per day, or 14 each week. About 50% of the participants admitted to drinking more than 100 grams per week. In Britain, that's about six pints of beer a week.

The researchers examined alcohol's impact on causes of death related to cardiovascular disease, which includes stroke, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease and fatal aortic aneurysm.

United Kingdom guidelines were changed in 2016 to 14 units every week for men and women, lower than the limits in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Another point of difference from these recommendations, is the study's universal threshold for a "minimum mortality risk" that doesn't discriminate between genders. The study's findings are in line with new recommendations for safe drinking in the United Kingdom, which recommend no more than six standard U.K. drinks a week for men and women.

Overall, the public health message of the study is "if you already drink alcohol, drinking less may help you live longer and lower your risk of several cardiovascular conditions", Wood said. "But above two units a day, the death rates steadily climb", explained Professor David Spiegelhalter from the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the study.

The study was published this week in The Lancet.

But recent research has suggested that Americans need to reassess how much they drink.

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The latest global research has just trashed Australian health guidelines of having no more than two alcoholic drinks each day. They stressed that the lower risk of non-fatal heart attack must be considered in the context of the increased risk of several other serious and often fatal cardiovascular diseases.

The new study estimates that 40-year-old men who drink as much as the current US guidelines allow can expect to live one to two years less than men who have no more than seven drinks per week.

They spanned almost 50 years and 19 high-income countries where alcohol drinking guidelines vary greatly, especially in the United States, Portugal and Spain. Managed to establish that as a result of alcohol consumption more than 40 thousand died in connection with cardiovascular diseases.

"Higher alcohol consumption is associated with lower risk of heart attack, but higher risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart events".

Moderate alcohol consumption also poses health risks, according to a new worldwide study.

As for the threshold for low-risk drinking, White said, "there's no magic number here".

Some experts even believe drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can be as damaging to your health as smoking.

But the authors highlight that their study account for people who may have changed their drinking habits and relied on data from people reporting their own drinking habits.

"The data make it even clearer that the alcohol industry is promoting a misleading view that alcohol use is benign", he says.



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