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No alcohol leads to a longer life

People who drink less alcohol live longer. Even one or two glasses of alcohol a week are detrimental to health. This is the finding of a group of scientists from around the world, including Erasmus MC researchers.

No lower limit
“In contrast to what people often think, there appears to be no safe lower limit for alcohol consumption. Not even for cardiovascular diseases”, says Trudy Voortman, nutrition scientist at Erasmus MC’s department of Epidemiology. “We have found that less alcohol is almost always better.”

Wijnglas en wijnflesThe researchers studied the health of more than 600,000 people from 19 countries around the world in relation to their drinking habits. Half of these people drank more than five to six glasses of alcohol a week.

Shorter lives
The researchers calculated that this resulted in these people living six months shorter than people who drink little alcohol. People in their forties who drink more than 20 glasses of alcohol a week, live five years shorter, on average, than their peers who drink moderately.

Data from the ERGO population study (The Rotterdam Study) were also used in the analysis. The study can be found in the scientific journal The Lancet.

Date published: 13 April 2018.

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