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