Just five alcoholic drinks a week could shorten your life, study says

Consuming five alcoholic drinks each week may lead to an early death, according to scientists.

Drinking just 100g of alcohol a week — equal to five glasses of wine or pints of beer — increases the risk of mortality, a study published in medical journal The Lancet said Friday.

The research, which analyzed 600,000 people in 19 countries, said that people who drank more were more likely to suffer a stroke, heart failure and fatal aneurysms.

Drinking between 200g and 350g of alcohol a week — roughly 10 to 18 glasses of wine or pints of beer — could cut one to two years off a person’s average life expectancy, the study said.

It concluded that alcohol consumption limits should be lower than most official guidelines around the world.

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