Although we’ve been told for years that drinking moderately is good for your health, a recent study in the Lancet claims there is actually no safe level of drinking.
For the study, the team analysed data from 694 studies and 28 million people worldwide to examine 23 different health outcomes and linked these with alcohol consumption.
The team found that globally, alcohol was the 7th leading risk factor for premature death and disability.
Around the globe it was also responsible for more than 2% of female deaths and under 7% of male deaths.
Among young people, between 15-49 years, alcohol related death and disability were especially pronounced.
The research found that alcohol wasn’t without its advantages. For ischemic heart disease, there was a J-shaped curve, meaning that risk fell slightly with a small amount of alcohol consumption, relative to abstinence.
There were also benefits for stroke and diabetes.