Alcohol is a leading cause of death, disease worldwide, study says

Therefore, the authors concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol.

The findings, published in the Lancet, were part of the most comprehensive global study on alcohol to date. Drinking alcohol was also a leading cause of cancer for people older than 50.

"We found that there isn't really any benefit of drinking to your health", he said.

The researchers proposed that alcoholic drinks be made less affordable and appealing by increasing taxes on them and regulating their price, the marketing of drinks and where alcohol can be sold.

In India in 2016, the prevalence of female drinkers was 4.1 per cent and deaths attributed to alcohol consumption among women was 0.71 per cent (42,000 deaths).

Gakidou's paper did show some modest cardiovascular benefits associated with moderate drinking, particularly among women, but she says that effect is overshadowed by the numerous ways alcohol can threaten health.

There are drinkers who don't care for their health and there are those who drink and argue that moderate alcohol consumption is healthy.

Using data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study, newer data analysis methods, and a review of previous studies, the researchers calculated the levels of alcohol consumption and the rates of alcohol-related health problems for 195 countries from 1990-2016. Denmark led the list for most drinkers (97 percent of men and 95 percent of women), while Romania (men) and Ukraine (women) had the heaviest drinkers. Ukrainian women came in first, with more than four drinks a day.

So 25,000 people drinking 16 bottles of gin a year each (that's 400,000 bottles of gin) would be associated with just one additional health problem to the base rate. More Specifically, drinking just one drink a day increases the risk of developing one of the 23 alcohol-related health problems by 0.5 percent.

"Although the health risks associated with alcohol start off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more".

Two drinks a day meant a 7 per cent increased risk, compared with those who were teetotal, soaring to 37 per cent risk for for those downing five drinks daily.

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"Policies focusing on reducing alcohol consumption to the lowest levels will be important to improve health".

According to the study, which was carried out at the University of Washington, Irish women drink an average of three drinks a day. Additionally, alcohol was the leading factor in both disability and premature death for consumers aged 15 to 49.

Alcohol can negatively impact the body's organs, lead to injuries and cause alcohol poisoning, the study found.

Majority relied on self-reported information, which means people have to remember their drinking habits accurately, which means the data might be flawed or inaccurate, according to CBS.

"There is no safe level of driving, but governments do not recommend that people avoid driving", Spiegelhalter, who also was not involved in the research, said in a statement.

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