No amount of alcohol consumption is safe, finds study


New Delhi: The new study proves wrong the saying that the one or two drinks a couple of times a week is healthy. No amount of alcohol consumption is safe as it increases risk of mortality and there is no level of consumption that minimises loss of health, says The Lancet article.

A study published by medical journal The Lancet claims risk of mortality rises with increase in alcohol consumption. It also says that in 2016, close to 2.8 million deaths globally were due to alcohol consumption.

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, head and neck surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital who co-authored the study, says data from India was taken from the National Family Health Survey 4, among other sources. “Alcohol is the biggest cause of non-communicable diseases (NCD), which leads to 63% deaths. The World Health Organization and United Nations have claimed that the second-most preventable cause of NCD is alcohol. Despite several discussions on its harmful effects, there is no policy in India to discourage alcohol use.”

Even though Indians are among the lowest consumers of alcohol worldwide, concerns remain, like average age of initiation into alcohol use which has come down from 28 in the 1980s to 17 in 2007. The country also has a large number of heavy drinkers, who consume more than 75ml per day or almost every day of the week.

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