Does one small drink per day really affect your health? Many people enjoy a glass of wine or beer during dinner as they believe that this little amount of alcohol couldn’t influence their health.
A new study warns that drinking even a small glass of alcohol each day can damage your health. A large-scale review conducted in August revealed that there is no safe level of alcohol.
Senior author Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou and her colleagues’ research shows that any level of drinking is associated with an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular events, and early death.
Now, investigators from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, have extended this theorem, explaining how harmful it can be to have even one small glass of drink a day. Their findings now appear in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
The researchers examined the data obtained from 434,321 participants, aged 18–85. Of them, 340,668 were listed through the National Health Interview Survey, and 93,653 reported health data as subjects at Veterans Health Administration sites.
After the completion of the analysis, Dr. Hartz and the team found that people who drank one or two drinks four or more times per week had a 20 percent higher risk of early death, compared with those who drank just three times.
“As people age, their risk of death from any cause also increases, so a 20 percent risk increase at age 75 translates into many more deaths than it does at age 25,” Dr. Sarah M. Hartz notes.