A new study shows that drinking more than five alcoholic drinks a week raises the risk of stroke, heart disease and aneurysms. Justin Sullivan /Getty Images file
Current guidelines for drinking alcohol could be too high, a new study shows
People who follow government guidelines to have a drink or so a day could be drinking themselves into an early grave, researchers said Thursday.
Any more than five drinks a week on average can take years off a person’s life, the new study of more than half a million people around the world shows.
That’s less than what’s recommended in many countries. For instance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association both say men can safely drink up to two alcoholic drinks a day and women up to a drink a day.
A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits.
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