Scientists have figured out what dose of alcohol reduces life

A team of specialists representing the University of Sheffield, concluded that people who consume more than hundred grams of alcohol per week on average live shorter lives than those who are completely or almost completely avoids alcohol.


The specialists studied information on almost 600 thousand persons from 19 countries, at various quantities consumed alcoholic beverages and did not suffer from cardiovascular disease at the start of the study. Participants were asked how much alcohol they drink in a week, and then followed them for an extended period of time.

As it turned out, people who consumed more than 112 grams of alcohol weekly, could at an earlier age to face heart disease, lived on average less than other. It should be noted that in this case, the word “alcohol” means no alcohol, and the ethyl alcohol they contain. Thus, we are talking about five mugs of beer or small glasses of wine a week. Among those who have collectively drank from 200 to 350 grams of alcohol per week, life expectancy is on average 2-3 years less than those drinking a little.

Experts also stressed that alcohol, even in “moderate” quantities, contrary to popular belief, does not benefit the body. The study was published in the journal the Lancet.

All scientists agree that a person should avoid excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, however some experts still believe that in very moderate amounts alcohol can be harmless or even useful. On the other hand, it was previously shown that in many studies conducted by proponents of this position, see gross violations, casts doubt on the reliability of the results.

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