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U.S. should lower its alcohol recommendation because its shortening our lives, study says

By: Sean Rossman, USA TODAY
April 12, 2018 Updated: April 13, 2018 at 6:09 am
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A new study states America's recommendations should be lowered. (Photo: Getty Images)

It's official, everyone: We're drinking too much booze and it's cutting us short of precious life.

And that's not just a warning to heavy boozers. Even the most casual drinkers among us, including those following U.S. government recommendations, can see months and years taken away by steadily hitting the hooch, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

The study, led by Dr. Angela Wood of the University of Cambridge, analyzed about 600,000 drinkers around the world. Their findings indicate the U.S. recommendation for alcohol is too high, could be leading to shorter life expectancies and therefore should be lowered.

Here's how drinking more will impact the life expectancy of someone at 40 years old, as described in the study:

- 100-200 grams/week: decreases life expectancy by roughly six months.

- 200-350 grams/week: lowers life expectancy by 1-2 years.

- More than 350 grams/week: shortens life by 4-5 years.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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