A new study shows that to be healthy, you have to drink five or fewer alcoholic beverages a week.
Published in The Lancet, the study found that the "minimum mortality risk" was equal to or less than 100 g of alcohol per week. The amount of alcohol in the drinks can vary, but the average drink will contain about 10-14g of alcohol.
The more alcohol you consume after the first 100 grams, the greater the risk of stroke, heart failure, deadly hypertensive disease, and so on. is high.
Bartender hand pouring a big lager at the tap.
The researchers found that those who consumed between five and ten drinks per week would live six months less, while those who consumed ten to twenty would consume one to two years less than average. People who drink more than that may lose four to five years.
The risks for a 40-year-old drinking beyond the recommended daily limit were comparable to smoking, a senior scientist at The Guardian said.
"Above two units a day, the death rate is rising steadily," said David Spiegelhalter. He is Professor of Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. "The paper estimates that a 40-year-old man drinks four units a day over recommendations. [the equivalent of drinking three glasses of wine in a night] Life expectancy is about two years lower, about 20 years of life remaining. This equates to about an hour a day. So, it's as if each unit exceeding the guidelines took, on average, about 15 minutes of life, about the same as a cigarette. "