No amount of alcohol is good for your health

Zero tolerance no safe level of alcohol study says

Researchers found alcohol use was the leading risk factor for death and disability and accounted for almost 10 per cent of annual global deaths -about 2.8 million annually.

In this age group, the leading causes of alcohol-related deaths included tuberculosis, road injuries, and self-harm.

"The evidence is adding up that no amount of drinking is safe", says study co-author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor of global health and health metrics sciences at the University of Washington.

However, it's hard to estimate the risks for a person who drinks fairly infrequently - such as someone who has one drink every two weeks - so the findings might not necessarily apply to this population. Irish women were in seventh position.

Alcohol consumption caused nearly 3 million premature deaths in 2016, according to the results of a major study of drinking in 195 countries. She was not involved in the study.

'Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention'.

"The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising", the researchers wrote in their paper, published online August 23 in the journal The Lancet.

Drinking under the age of 15, a growing problem in the United States and other countries, was not included. The researchers created new algorithms to take into account alcohol sales, to account for missing information in self-reported alcohol consumption. However, not only smoking but drinking alcohol in any measure is not okay. It's even higher in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The study looked at a broad range of the risks posed by alcohol consumption, including the development of cancer and other diseases, driving accidents and self-harm.

"The conclusions of the study are clear and unambiguous: alcohol is a colossal global health issue", Burton wrote, suggesting that policy makers put a priority on programs that focus on decreasing alcohol consumption.

The team used a statistical method to estimate the risks of consuming between zero and 15 alcoholic drinks a day.

The report said about 1 in 3 people consume alcohol, which is about 2.4 billion people globally. On average, each day women consumed 0.73 alcoholic drinks, and men drank 1.7 drinks. Ukrainian women came in first, with more than four drinks a day. The highest number of alcohol drinkers is in Denmark (95.3 per cent women and 97.1 per cent men) while the lowest are in Pakistan for men (0.8 per cent) and Bangladesh for women (0.3 per cent). It was not among the top or bottom 10 for the most or the heaviest drinkers in 2016. "Now its more like two thirds in homes, and its men and women equally, by and large", he said.

Countries with the lowest percentage of drinking citizens weretypically Arab and Middle Eastern nations.

Consumption of alcohol has been a big cause of cancer in the over-50, especially in women. According to the Mayo Clinic, alcohol, though not totally risk-free, can reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes and having a strike. That might be true in isolation, Gakidou said, but the picture changes when all risks are considered.

Alcohol was found to protect only against ischemic heart disease - or hardening of the arteries - but the effect was described as small compared to the health risks from drinking.

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

A new global study from the British journal The Lancet found that the safest level of drinking was none.

Drinking patterns vary globally.

Published this week in The Lancet, the study is one of the most significant to date, according to the researchers due to the breadth of its data.

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