Drinking even a small amount of alcohol raises the risk of health problems, including cancer, according to a new report from the Global Burden of Disease Study. The report, recently published in The Lancet, states that 2.8 million deaths worldwide were attributable to alcohol consumption in 2016.
“The health risks associated with alcohol are massive,” said senior author Emmanuela Gakidou, MSC, PhD, of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. “Our findings are consistent with other recent research, which found clear and convincing correlations between drinking and premature death, cancer and cardiovascular problems. Zero alcohol consumption minimizes the overall risk of health loss.”
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