There’s No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption, According to New Study

The new study concluded that any beneficial effects against ischemic heart disease were outweighed by the adverse

The new study concluded that any beneficial effects against ischemic heart disease were outweighed by the adverse

Those studies often relied on participants self-reporting their alcohol use, which is subject to human error.

Prof Saxena said: "Most of us in the United Kingdom drink well in excess of safe limits, and as this study shows there is no safe limit". "We need to act now". "And that's something that really hasn't been done for alcohol before". The study includes responses from 592 studies and 28 million people worldwide. "The recommendation has been that if you drink - and that's the key caveat - don't drink more than moderately".

Their major finding, according to Griswold, is simple, if depressing for bar-goers. Instead, public health policy can enact measures like restriction on places that sell alcohol or market it, increase in alcohol price and taxes, and the prices could be set according to the minimum unit pricing. "Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention". "But those benefits are outweighed by the overall adverse health impact of alcohol, even at moderate levels".

The most abstemious nations were those with Muslim-majority populations. Essentially, it's hard to study non-drinkers in isolation, because some people who say they don't drink now may have actually been formerly heavy drinkers.

But industry group Alcohol Information Partnership has dismissed the claims, saying drinking sensibly is fine.

"The conclusions of the study are clear and unambiguous: alcohol is a colossal global health issue", Robyn Burton of King's College London wrote in a commentary.

Low levels of alcohol consumption have previously been thought to be protective against heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.

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Some of the top-billed findings from the study that were pushed to the fore in the press release and have been widely quoted in the media, were that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 were likely to develop a serious health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury. Tuberculosis is very rare in the U.S.

Above all, the report is meant to be a much-needed reminder of alcohol's harms. "Additionally we found a whole battery of cancers, injuries, and mental health disorders all associated with alcohol use".

"However, it is important to note that many everyday activities, such as driving, carry risks which we deem to be acceptable - studies like this one can help people make more informed choices about which risks they wish to take".

Clarification: This article has been updated to provide more detail on the total number of alcohol-related deaths reported globally.

Alcohol use was ranked as the seventh leading risk factor for premature death and disability worldwide in 2016, and was the leading cause for people aged 15-49 years old. The National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University found that almost 6000 Australians died from illnesses attributable to alcohol in 2015.

"[This study] is showing a statistical association between any level of drinking and an elevated risk of poor health outcomes that, in aggregate, may reduce one's lifespan", said Dr. Nasir Naqvi, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who was not involved in the study, in an interview with ABC news.

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