Alcohol And Lifespan: The Effects Of Your Weekly Drinking Habits
Alcohol is probably one of the most socially acceptable vices in today’s society, with many people going out for drinks with friends on a weekly basis as a way to let their hair down. Others might enjoy a drink or two to accompany their evening meal every night to help the relax. But what are the effects of these drinking habits on your long-term health?
According to Healthline, alcohol is not good for your health and can negatively impact your brain and cognitive abilities, cause inflammation in the body, wreak havoc with your insulin levels and damage sensitive tissues in your digestive tract. Even if you are not dependent on alcohol, consuming too much alcohol can lead to a shortened lifespan according to research conducted by an international team of researchers.
CNN reports that nearly 600,000 drinkers habits were observed by researchers in multiple different studies across 19 countries. The studies concluded that drinking 100 grams of alcohol per week increased the risk of disk by all causes and also lowered overall life expectancy.
Approximately half of the people surveyed drank over 100 grams of alcohol per week and 8.4% drank over 350 grams per week. It was found that in comparison to those who drank under 100 grams of alcohol per week, those who drank between 100 and 200 grams would shorten their lifespans by 6 months. For those who drank between 200 and 350 grams per week, the results are even scarier, with a possible reduction in lifespan of 1 or 2 years. Those drinking over 350 grams of alcohol a week risked losing 4 or 5 years.
In fact Tim Chico, a professor of cardiovascular medicine, stated in a article published in the Guardian that it would not surprise him if those who drank heavily lost as many years of life as a smoker does, which averages around ten years.
That concludes this article on alcohol and lifespan. Do you think you’ll change your current drinking habits?