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Alcohol consumption associated with 2.8 million global deaths annually

29 August 2018, 09:28 | Melissa Porter

Alcohol consumption associated with 2.8 million global deaths annually

Shot of an immaculate bar with many bottles and glasses with no people

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, head and neck surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital who co-authored the study, says data from India was taken from the National Family Health Survey 4, among other sources. "The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising, particularly as improved methods and analyses continue to show how much alcohol use contributes to global death and disability", the study concluded.

The Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction recommends people drink no more than two drinks a day, ten per week for women and 15 for men.

They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury. The researchers estimated that 2.8 billion people are current drinkers.

The study says that governments should consider advising people to abstain from alcohol.

They found that globally, a third of all people drink alcohol of some sort.

But according to a new review of 694 existing studies on global alcohol consumption habits and almost 600 studies on alcohol and health for Lancet, no amount of drinking is good for you.

Ukranian women who drink were in a league of their own, putting away more than four glasses or shots every 24 hours, followed by Andorra, Luxembourg, Belarus, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Britain, all averaging about three per day.

"We also found a positive association between higher cumulative lifetime alcohol intake and high-grade prostate cancer diagnosis", the team wrote in their report, published in Cancer Prevention Research.

But not so fast, said the authors of the new study.

She explained: "This study goes further than others by considering a number of factors including alcohol sales, self-reported data on the amount of alcohol drunk, abstinence, tourism data and the levels of illicit trade and home brewing".

An average of two drinks per day, for example, translated into a seven per cent hike in disease and injury compared to those who opt for abstinence. In the United Kingdom one unit is 8g of alcohol. In 2016, the researchers found that alcohol consumption led to 2.8 million deaths and was the leading risk factor for premature death and disability among people ages 15-49. "Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none", the study says.

By the way, the last thing they drink in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Morocco.

Yet Prof David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, sounded a note of caution about the findings.

According to the researchers, there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

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