Sobering New Study

Red_WineYou might want to hold off on that next glass of wine. Sure, there was a study that came out last year indicating light-to-moderate alcohol consumption might reduce the risk of dying young. But…..a new study disputes that claiming if you drink more than five glasses of wine or pints of beer per week, it could wreak havoc on your health.

From U.S. News & World Report:

Here’s some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose.

The study found that people who down more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner than those who drink less.

“What this is saying is, if you’re really concerned about your longevity, don’t have more than a drink a day,” said David Jernigan, a Johns Hopkins University alcohol researcher who was not involved in the study.

According to USA Today, this is not just a warning for heavy drinkers. “Even the most casual drinkers among us, including those following U.S. government recommendations, can see months and years taken away by steadily hitting the hooch, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.”

So, how much is too much? Yahoo News wrote:

A 40-year-old regularly drinking between 200g and 350g of alcohol per week – about 10 to 18 glasses of wine or pints of beer – had a lower life expectancy of around one to two years, researchers found.

Those exceeding 350g of alcohol every week could shed four to five years off their life.

While the study also found alcohol consumption was linked to a lower risk of non-fatal heart attacks, experts said “on balance” there are no health benefits from drinking.

This new research is vastly different than current U.S. guidelines which suggest women can drink up to one alcoholic beverage a day while men can drink up to two. However, the study’s authors believe drinking increases the risk of cardiovascular illness. How much?  Every 12.5 units of alcohol people drink above the guidelines raises the risk of:

  • Stroke by 14%
  • Fatal hypertensive disease by 24%
  • Heart failure by 9%
  • Fatal aortic aneurysm by 15%

Share your thoughts on this new study and whether you believe the new research or the old research is more accurate regarding alcohol intake. Will this new study change your drinking habits? Whether it will or won’t, let us know why! Generating meaningful discussions around the health stories making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!



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