How much alcohol is safe to consume?
Apr 19, 2018
The Lancet has just published a paper titled "Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: Combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies". The study pooled data from three large scale data sources from 19 high income countries, and looked at the health implications of alcohol consumption across eight different levels of alcohol consumption. The study found a relationship between the amount of alcohol consumed per week and life expectancy. People who drank between 10 and 20 standard drinks per week had reduced life expectancy by 6 months at age 40. Those who consumed more than 35 standard drinks per week had 4-5 years of reduced life expectancy by age 40.