A new study has revealed that drinking one extra glass of wine or one pint of beer could shorten your life by 30 minutes each time. One of the scientists behind the study, David Spiegelhalter, said: “Above two units a day, the death rates steadily climb’’.
If you happen to be one out of many who believes that having a glass of red wine every night can cause health issues, this new study should pose as an eye opener. This new study has found that extra glass of wine or pint of beer a day can also cut the life span of a 40-year-old by 30 minutes.
According to the paper which was published in The Lancet medical journal, it revealed that five standard 175ml glasses of wine or five pints a week is the upper safe limit.
But, above the limit can endanger health such as; increase risks of heart failure, strokes, ruptured arteries in the chest and death.
From the study, it was found that a 40-year-old drinking more than the limit of alcohol daily also has the same effects as much smoking.
”From the paper estimates a 40-year-old drinking four units a day above the guidelines (the equivalent of drinking three glasses of wine in a night) has roughly two years’ lower life expectancy, which is around a 20th of their remaining life. This works out at about an hour per day.”
David Spiegelhalter continued: “So it’s as if each unit above guidelines is taking, on average, about 15 minutes of life, about the same as a cigarette”.
“Of course, it’s up to individuals whether they think this is worthwhile.”
This study supports the UK’s current limits, which advice a maximum of 14 units – for both men and women.