A landmark analysis of more than half a million drinkers from 19 countries suggests that, to lower your risk of premature death from any cause, alcohol consumption should be capped at 100g per week.
Drinkers who ignore United Kingdom alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, according to new research.
"The take home message is this: less is probably better".
"This study makes clear that on balance there are no health benefits from drinking alcohol, which is usually the case when things sound too good to be true", Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, who was not involved in the research said.
That's about 10 standard drinks a week and is significantly lower than the no more than two-a-day limit imposed under official Australian Guidelines.More news: Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC Sells 161 Shares of Amazon.com, Inc
"This study provides clear evidence to support lowering the recommended limits of alcohol consumption in many countries around the world", co-author Professor Edoardo Casiglia said in the conclusion of the report.
The report found that a 40-year-old regularly drinking between about 10 to 18 glasses of wine or pints of beer a week had a lower life expectancy of around one to two years, while someone who exceeded this level could be shedding four to five years off their life.
In 2016 the recommended weekly amount for men was lowered to bring it into line with that of women at 14 units, lower than many other countries.
The research found that people who reported weekly drinking of 100-200g, 200-350g or more than 350g had an estimated lower life expectancy at age 40 years of approximately 6 months, 1-2 years, or 4-5 years, respectively.
The upper recommended limit for men in the U.S. is nearly 25 units of alcohol per week. None had a known history of cardiovascular disease.More news: Novichok nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal, OPCW says
"These recommended drinking levels will no doubt be described as implausible and impracticable by the alcohol industry and other opponents of public health warnings on alcohol".
However, "this must be balanced against the higher risk associated with other serious - and potentially fatal - cardiovascular diseases", said lead author Angela Wood from the University of Cambridge in Britain.
Jake Najman, Emeritus Professor from the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) at The University of Queensland, says the study suggests even modest quantities of alcohol increase the risk of earlier death.
The study was funded by the BHF, UK Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, European Union Framework 7 and European Research Council.More news: Boston Bruins bounce Toronto Maple Leafs in National Hockey League playoff opener