A large global study has looked at the consequences of alcohol consumption. According to the researchers, people under 40 should never drink alcohol. Conversely, consuming it in very small quantities for older people could have some benefits. Of course, alcohol consumption is always in moderation.
According to the researchers, young people are more vulnerable to alcohol consumption than healthy adults over the age of 40. The latter could drink a moderate amount of alcohol, this consumption would even have a positive impact on the appearance of cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular accidents and diabetes. These findings were published in the Lancet.
According to the researchers, global drinking recommendations should be based on age and location, with the strictest guidelines for men between the ages of 15 and 39. “Our message is simple: young people should not drink, but older people can benefit from drinking small amounts,” summarized lead author Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou, professor of health sciences at the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Washington, quoted by the Guardian. And to add: “While it may not be realistic to think that young adults will abstain from drinking, we believe that it is important to communicate the latest evidence so that everyone can make informed decisions regarding his health.
How much alcohol according to age?
Through this study, the researchers examined the risk of alcohol consumption on various health problems such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers. They were thus able to estimate the quantity of alcohol that it was possible to drink before taking an excessive risk to one’s health. As the Guardian details, for men aged 15 to 39, the recommended amount of alcohol before “risking loss of health” was just 0.136 standard drinks a day.
In healthy over-40s, drinking a small amount of alcohol was associated with benefits such as reduced risk of ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Among those aged 40 to 64, safe drinking levels ranged from half a drink to almost two standard drinks. The English daily reports that, for those over 65, the risks were reached after consuming just over three standard drinks a day.