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According to a study published in the journal Lancet, regular alcohol consumption exceeding the quota set by the British healthcare system can take away years of life. Alcohol abuse is associated with a high risk of stroke, a deadly aneurysm, heart failure and death, reports eurekalert.org.
The study’s authors say that the results challenge the widely held view about the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption for cardiovascular system and supports recently reduced in the UK the norm of alcohol consumption.
The study compared the health status and alcohol habits 600,000 people who consume alcohol currently in 19 countries around the world. Scientists have paid attention to such criteria as age, education level, profession, Smoking habits, presence of diabetes, and others.
The upper safe limit amounted to about 5 drinks per week, which is equal to 100 grams of pure alcohol, a little more than five pints of 4% beer or five glasses of 13% wine.
Alcohol consumption above this limit is associated with lower life expectancy. For example, 10 or more drinks in a week reduce life expectancy by 1-2 years, and 18 and over – for 4-5 years.
Researchers have also studied the relationship between alcohol consumption and different types of cardiovascular diseases. It turned out that alcohol increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, fatal aneurisma of the aorta, fatal hypertensive disease and heart failure, and there is no clear limit values, when alcohol consumption becomes dangerous.
It challenges the previously obtained data on Vliyaniye of alcohol consumption on reducing the risk of non-fatal heart attack. The authors note that this may be due to the increase in blood pressure and “good” cholesterol because of alcohol consumption. They emphasize that reduced risk of non-fatal heart attack should be considered in the context of an increased risk of several other serious and often fatal cardiovascular diseases.
Scientists hope that the results of the study will cause other countries to reconsider the rate of consumption of alcohol, and to remind people that the norm is not the purpose and it is better to drink less than the permissible limit.