Cut drinks to lower risk of early death

An analysis of over half a million drinkers worldwide suggests alcohol consumption should be limited to less than 10 standard drinks a week to lower the risk of death.

The research found drinking more than this amount weekly lowered people’s life expectancy at age 40 by between six months and five years. The more people drank, the higher the risk of a range of life-threatening illnesses, including stroke and heart failure.

The Lancet, April 2018

First published: Jul 2018
Last updated: June 14 2018
Last science review: June 14 2018

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