Date PostedMay 15, 2018

Experts Want Review of Alcohol Guidelines

Drug and alcohol experts from the University of Queensland, have recommended that thresholds for safer alcohol use might need to be lowered, following a study on global alcohol consumption.

The experts, professors Wayne Hall and Jason Connor from the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research based their recommendations on a large study co-authored by more than 100 international academics.

The researchers examined the alcohol consumption of 599,912 drinkers in 19 countries over 5 decades and found that increased consumption was linked to a higher risk of stroke, coronary disease, heart failure, aortic aneurysm and life-threatening high blood pressure.

The study found that reducing alcohol consumption could increase life expectancy by as many as 2 years in a middle-aged drinker, but only when consumption is below 100 grams per week.

In Australia, current alcohol consumption guidelines suggest a 140 grams per week limit (14 standard drinks per week). Source: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2018/04/experts-urge-review-of-alcohol-consumption-guidelines

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