Taking this amount of alcohol per week could shorten your life by 5 years
This applies to beer, wines and spirits.
The research had the drinking habits of 600,000 drinkers examined.
It found that people who have 10-15 drinks a week had their lives cut short by 1-2 years, while drinking 18 drinks a week shortens life by five years.
Health experts recommend no more than six beers a week or 7 glasses of wine per week.
There was no increased risk of death for light drinkers.
The scientists conducting the research also modelled how much life a drinker could be expected to lose if they continued to drink the same way from the age of 40.
People who tool 10 drinks a week could shorten a lifespan by 6 months.
Other risks of alcohol.
The study also found that drinking increased risk of cardiovascular illness.
With every five beers, you raise the risk of:
Drinking three to four times a week also increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
If you take alcohol, try to take less of it and over long periods of time so as to minimize the health risks associated with drinking.
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