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Research digest: global alcohol health risks

Young people face higher health risks from alcohol consumption than older adults, research has found – the first to report alcohol risk by region, age, sex and year.

The study estimated alcohol use in 204 countries and considered the effects of consumption on 22 health outcomes, including injuries, cardiovascular disease and cancers.

The findings suggest that recommendations for how much someone can drink should be based on age and local disease rates. It also advises that the strictest guidelines should be for males aged between 15 and 39, who are at the greatest risk of harmful alcohol consumption.

For those aged 40-plus, the research found that drinking small amounts of alcohol is not harmful to health but drinking more than a certain amount increases health risks.

The Lancet

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