Extra glass of wine, beer takes 30 minutes off your life

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"The drinking levels recommended in this study will no doubt be described as implausible and impracticable by the alcohol industry and other opponents of public health warnings on alcohol". About half of the drinkers reported consuming more than the U.K.'s recommended limits.

The study included data from 600,000 drinkers in 19 countries. Drinking two glasses of wine or beer a day improves your chances of living longer by 18 percent. The study is big news for drinkers across the world since countries have different recommendations for alcohol consumption.

A 40-year-old who drank up to twice that amount (100 to 200g) cut their life expectancy by six months.

Drinking the equivalent of 12 to 21 glasses of wine per week lowers life expectancy by 1 to 2 years and drinking more than 21 glasses per week shortens life by 4 to 5 years, the study said.

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Two years is one-twentieth of a 40-year-old's life. Consuming two bacon sandwiches a week or sitting watching a hour of television per day is statistically more risky for long-term health.

'Of course it's up to individuals whether they think this is worthwhile'. Spiegelhalter was not involved in the research.

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Saint-Émilion, France, April 10. And for some folks that unsafe limit is less than one drink a day. "This is a serious wakeup call for many countries", said Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, which helped fund the research. Higher alcohol consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease, and fatal aortic aneurysm. Unlike overall mortality's seven drinks a week, there wasn't a clear cutoff between lower alcohol intake and lower disease risk. "Later, when production lines are more automated, the production of flax reinforced and production costs reduced, our bottle may involve products with lower added value". But, said Dr Angela Wood, from the University of Cambridge, lead author of the study, "this must be balanced against the higher risk associated with other serious - and potentially fatal - cardiovascular diseases". All participants had been recruited between 1964 and 2010 with a minimum 12 month follow-up, and none had a known history of cardiovascular disease.

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Researchers found that even the UK's current guideline weekly limit of 14 units is too much.

The findings support recently lowered guidelines in the United Kingdom, which suggest there is no safe level and recommend that both men and women's drinking should not exceed 14 units a week.

Dr Tony Rao, visiting lecturer in old age psychiatry at King's College London, said the study "highlights the need to reduce alcohol related harm in baby boomers, an age group now at highest risk of rising alcohol misuse".

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