Two drinks a day is ‘too many’
THE official Australian alcohol guideline of “no more than two drinks daily” is unsafe and must be cut, a new study says.
Australians were involved in the global research which found that drinking more than 100g of alcohol a week – or 10 standard drinks – at the age of 40 can lower life expectancy by up to five years.
The researchers likened the risks of drinking more than the recommended daily limit to the health risks of smoking.
Half of the 500,000 people studied admitted to drinking more than 100g of alcohol a week. The more alcohol consumed, the higher the risk of serious conditions including stroke and heart failure, the researchers found.
The current national guidelines, set in 2009 by the National Health and Medical Research Council, call for no more than 14 standard drinks per week. They are under review.
This week the Cancer Council Queensland called on people to drink weekly rather than daily, as hundreds are dying of alcohol-related cancer every year in the state.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is considering laws to regulate the industry.