There is 'no safe level of alcohol,' says huge new global study

Just one drink a day leads to health risks. /AGENCIES

Also, the study showed that the limited consumption of alcohol does little or nothing to the health.

The examination of impacts drew from more than 600 earlier studies, while a country-by-country tally of prevalence - the percentage of men and women who drink, and how much they consume - drew from another 700.

There is no safe level of drinking, according to a study which found that almost three million deaths globally in 2016 were attributed to alcohol consumption.

"The level of alcohol consumption that minimized harm across health outcomes was zero (95% UI 0·0-0·8) standard drinks per week".

Guidelines for moderate drinking are one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65 and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 or younger.

"The strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries, and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for heart disease in our study".

But according to a new review of 694 existing studies on global alcohol consumption habits and almost 600 studies on alcohol and health for Lancet, no amount of drinking is good for you.

At the time, England's chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, noted that any amount of alcohol could increase the risk of cancer.

They defined an alcohol drink as one having 10 grams of alcohol.

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Prof Saxena said the study was the most important study ever conducted on the subject.

"With the largest collected evidence base to date, our study makes the relationship between health and alcohol clear - drinking causes substantial health loss, in myriad ways, all over the world", said Max Griswold, senior researcher and lead author on the paper.

She explained: "This study goes further than others by considering a number of factors including alcohol sales, self-reported data on the amount of alcohol drunk, abstinence, tourism data and the levels of illicit trade and home brewing".

The study shows that in 2016, almost three million deaths globally were attributed to alcohol use, including 12 per cent of deaths in males between the ages of 15 and 49.

Those who had two drinks per day had a 7 percent higher risk for death than non-drinkers.

British men by contrast, ranked 62nd out of the 195 countries surveyed, even though they also drink on average three alcoholic drinks a day. "Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none".

By the way, the last thing they drink in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Morocco. "If you are going to drink, educate yourself about the risks, and take an informed risk".

Avoiding heart-diseases was one of the reasons the previous research advocated taking moderate levels of alcohol.

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