There is 'no safe level of alcohol,' says huge new global study

Globally one in three people drink alcohol – equivalent to 2.4 billion people

Globally one in three people drink alcohol – equivalent to 2.4 billion people

However, the risk of developing all other health issues increased with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed each day and the harms far outweighed the potential benefits, the authors report.

An additional four people would be affected in either way if people drank just one alcoholic drink a day - an increase of 0.5% - and 63 more people (so 977 in 100,000) would be at risk of injury or disease if they drank two drinks a day, a 7% increase.

Previous research suggested that moderate levels of alcohol - around one drink a day for women and two for men - may protect against heart disease.

But US lead researcher Dr Max Griswold, said: 'Although the health risks associated with alcohol start off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more'.

The study found that for people aged 15-49, alcohol was the most important risk factor, account for 3.8% of women's deaths and 12.2% of men's. Majority relied on self-reported information, which means people have to remember their drinking habits accurately, which means the data might be flawed or inaccurate, according to CBS. "One drink a day does represent a small increased risk", she told the BBC, "but adjust that to the United Kingdom population as a whole, and it represents a far bigger number, and most people are not drinking just one drink a day".

But Dr Wai, who regularly sees patients with liver-related problems, said it can be hard to estimate how much patients actually drink as many lie to their doctors for fear their medical bills will be rejected by insurance companies.

Those deaths include alcohol-related cancer and cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, intentional injury such as violence and self-harm, and traffic accidents and other unintentional injuries such as drowning and fires.

They found that globally, a third of all people drink alcohol of some sort.

Many in the medical community immediately responded in support of alcohol abstinence suggested in the study.

"There is a compelling and urgent need to overhaul policies to encourage either lowering people's levels of alcohol consumption or abstaining entirely". Just 0.8 per cent of Pakistani men and 0.3 per cent of Bangladeshi women drank alcohol.

"Come to think of it", he notes, "there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention".

Meanwhile, some studies have questioned the long-standing idea that moderate drinking is good for heart health.

But a massive new global study finds that no amount of wine, beer or liquor consumption is safe for your health.

Studies about drinking alcohol typically have one thing in common: The result is usually that everything's OK in moderation.

The highest amount of male drinkers were found in Denmark, Norway, Germany, Argentina, Poland and France. "What's best for you is to not drink at all". Even one drink, Griswold says, can have consequences.

The CDC also says that more than 2,000 Americans die each year from acute alcohol intoxication, and that more than 38 million American adults admit to binge-drinking once a week, downing eight drinks at a time on average.

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