No amount of booze is good for your health, medical study finds

There's no safe level of alcohol consumption, according to a large new global study published in the Lancet.

The major study reviewed the drinking habits of 28 million people worldwide.

The authors of the study say its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors that were taken into account.

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The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries, including the UK, between 1990 and 2016.

Professor Charles Parry, who contributed to the study, explains the health risks associated with moderate drinking.

There is certainly a risk of drinking alcohol for almost every health issue.

Prof Charles Parry, Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at SA Medical Research Council

It's looking at the harms in terms of non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, injury and so on.

Prof Charles Parry, Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at SA Medical Research Council

There is a risk. Alcohol is a poison.

Prof Charles Parry, Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at SA Medical Research Council

The study says if you want to have a minimal risk, don't drink at all.

Prof Charles Parry, Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at SA Medical Research Council

The methodology is improving all the time.

Prof Charles Parry, Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at SA Medical Research Council

He explains what the study finds and the implications thereof.

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:


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