There are so many conflicting messages about how much we should be drinking – does anyone know how much is too much anymore?
Just this week a study claimed that light drinkers have lower cancer risk than non-drinkers, but the line from health experts has always been that drinking is bad for you – right?
Just like with food, these mixed messages are leaving us more confused than ever.
During an eight-year study, scientists at Queen’s University in Belfast found that people who drank lightly (between one and three drinks a week) had the lowest risk of early death and cancer. But that cancer risk increases with every drink over that amount each week.
This study was carried out to help combat all the confusion around drinking, and included 99,654 participants between the ages of 55 and 74 in the US.
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‘This study provides further insight into the complex relationship between alcohol consumption, cancer incidence, and disease mortality and may help inform public health guidelines,’ the researchers who carried out this study said.
The public health guidelines currently state that men and women shouldn’t drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, should spread drinking over 3 or more days rather than have all those units on one day, and should have some alcohol-free days.
This new Queen’s University study in more evidence that we have to accept there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to drinking, but that a few drinks a week might not be as bad for our health as some of us imagined.
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