We all know alcohol is not a health food or in any way good for you. But it alarming to know that only one drink a day can decrease your health significantly and can even shorten your lifespan. This is something to think about after a long hard day when you finally can kick back relax and have a glass of wine, and it could be much more harmful than you think.
A recent study published in The Lancet found that we should not be having more than 5 alcoholic drinks per week. Therefore a couple of drinks over the weekend should be your limit. This means cutting out those weeknights pick me up wines at the end of a long day if you want a longer lifespan. This study looked at over 600,00 people and their drinking habits. Thos participated who had five or more drinks per week had a lowered life expectancy compared to those who had under five drinks.
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Comparatively, the New Zealand Ministry of Health claims that women should have no more than 20 standard drinks a week, and men no more than 15, to reduce the long-term health effects that alcohol causes. This is over double what the new study suggests. But of the 600,000 participants, those who drunk more than ten alcoholic drinks reduced their lifespan but one to two years. Even scarier, those who consumed 18 standard drinks or more were more likely to lose four or five years of their lifespan.
The author of the new study, Dr Angela Wood claims that
If you already drink alcohol, drinking less may help you live longer and lower your risk of several cardiovascular conditions.
Considering this, maybe its time to relook at your drinking habits completely. Maybe having a sober week or at least no weeknight wines! As with the knowledge of this study, we could be limiting our lifespan significantly. As we know, everything in moderation, especially alcohol.