Aside from the other health risks, just two glasses of wine every day will send to o your grave two years earlier. Even a daily glass of wine or pint of beer significantly raises the risk of heart disease and stroke.
This likelihood of an early death increases the more alcohol is consumed, the Cambridge-led researchers said.
Experts concluded that, for a 40-year-old, each unit above guidelines takes away, on average, about 15 minutes of their life. That is about the same as smoking one cigarette.
The findings support recently lowered guidelines in the UK, which suggest there is no safe level and recommend that both men and women’s drinking should not exceed 14 units a week.
Alcohol is linked to a host of health complaints including heart problems, liver disease, several types of cancer and dementia.
It is now the sixth biggest cause of illness for those in their 50s and 60s, with numbers rising. Experts say even moderate drinking can raise blood pressure, which is a well-known cause of heart attack, stroke and other circulation problems.
The international study, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, also looked at the association between alcohol and different types of cardiovascular disease.
Higher alcohol consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease, and fatal aneurysms.