A sobering new study states that U.S. guidelines on alcohol consumption are far too lenient and people drinking too much could be shaving years off their life. A massive international scientific study finds that just one extra beer of glass of wine a week could shorten your life by 30 minutes. This is not only scary news for drunks but even for casual drinkers.
The study, which was published in The Lancelet, examined data from across 83 prospective studies in 19 countries of 599,912 current drinkers without a history of heart problems. The study found that the current U.S. guidelines on alcohol consumption did not do enough to curb premature deaths from drinking.
The U.S. government currently recommends that men shouldn’t consume more than 14 drinks a week and seven drinks a week for women. The new study says that two drinks a day for men will shorten the lifespan by years. The study estimates that 40-year-old men who consume two drinks per day can expect to live one to two years less than men who have no more than seven drinks per week.
Researchers focused on individuals who did not have previous cardiovascular diseases and then looked at individuals who developed and died from stroke and different forms of heart disease. Alcohol consumption can raise blood pressure, contribute to obesity, and increase cholesterol levels. These factors can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you were planning on saving all of your drinks for one epic party day, we’ve got more bad news for you. The study said that binge drinkers had the highest risk for mortality.
An earlier study found that moderate alcohol use is a “contributing factor” to increased cancer risks. All this harrowing news could drive one to drink. But there is a study that says tequila can strengthen bones and another study that does say drinking beer makes people happier and in the end isn’t your happiness the most important thing?