Experts Have Revealed How Much Just One Alcoholic Drink Per Day Can Shorten Your Lifespan

By Haider Ali in Health and Fitness On 10th July 2024

When you see how much drinking can potentially shorten your life, you may want to think about cutting back on your intake.

Many cultures around the world have a strong tradition of drinking.

People engage in it to celebrate, to cope with difficult times, or simply to pass the time when they're bored.

But you may not be considering the physical effects of this—beyond the crippling hangovers, that is.

A scientist has revealed just how much alcohol can shave off your life. Getty Images

Well, it's crucial to remember that, even if its effects could seem enjoyable, alcohol is actually poison.

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Dr. Tim Stockwell stated in an interview with The Daily Mail that consuming only one alcoholic beverage per day, such as a glass of wine, a beer, or even a shot, can significantly shorten your life.

He emphasized the risks associated with even moderate alcohol consumption.

 

He mentioned that it could reduce the duration by about two and a half months.

However, those who consume substantially more alcohol—roughly 35 drinks each week—could cut their lifetime by an astounding two years.

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Okay, so. If you enjoy a drink after a demanding workday, it might be worthwhile to cut back.

Although Stockwell used to advocate for moderate alcohol consumption, he now believes that no amount of alcohol is healthy. 

This change in perspective stems from recent studies conducted over the past five years and his own research findings.

Stockwell said: “Alcohol is our favorite recreational drug. We use it for pleasure and relaxation, and the last thing we want to hear is that it causes any harm,”

Dr. Tim Stockwell said just one alcoholic beverage per day can cut your life expectancy by a surprising amount. Getty Images

“It’s comforting to think that drinking is good for our health, but unfortunately, it’s based on poor science.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recent evidence suggests that drinking alcohol can raise one's chance of developing a number of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, and more.

Despite the impression that the number of people quitting alcohol may be increasing, certain research indicates that this may not be the case.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), whose records date back to 1970, claims that.

The most recent year for which data is available, 2021, saw the average American aged 21 or older consume 2.83 gallons of pure alcohol, or roughly 603 "standard drinks," each of which had 0.6 ounces of alcohol according to the NIAAA.