Study: Excess Drinking Can Take Years Off Your Life

One drink per day, maximum, is the recommendation

Brian Feldman
April 13, 2018 - 7:37 am



It should not come as quite a surprise that drinking too much alcohol is not healthy. But a new study puts quantifiable numbers on just how unhealthy it is.

Too much can kill you.

The new study says for a 40-year-old man, those who consume two drinks per day can live one to two years less than someone who consumes just a single drink per day. 

Exessive drinking also increased chances of having a stroke, having heart disease, heart failure and an aortic aneurysm.

"This study makes clear that on balance there are no health benefits from drinking alcohol, which is usually the case when things sound too good to be true," said Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, who was not involved in the research.

"Although non-fatal heart attacks are less likely in people who drink, this benefit is swamped by the increased risk of other forms of heart disease, including fatal heart attacks and stroke."