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Study: Even one drink a day could shorten your life expectancy

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(CNN) -- Drinking one alcoholic drink on a daily basis could shorten your life expectancy, a new study suggests.

The research found that drinking more than 100 grams of alcohol per week -- equal to roughly seven standard drinks in the United States or five to six glasses of wine in the UK -- increases your risk of death from all causes and in turn lowers your life expectancy.

Recommended drinking limits in the United States are currently 98 grams for women and double for men -- at two drinks per day -- while limits in Italy, Spain and Portugal are almost 50% higher.

In the UK, limits are about eight drinks per week for both men and women, ideally spread over three or more days.

A team of international researchers studied the drinking habits of almost 600,000 current drinkers included in 83 studies across 19 countries where about 50% reported drinking more than 100 grams per week and 8.4% more than 350 grams per week. Data on the age, sex, diabetes status, smoking habits and other factors relating to cardiovascular disease were also analyzed.

Compared to drinking under 100 grams of alcohol per week, drinking 100 to 200 grams was estimated to shorten the life span of a 40-year-old by six months. Drinking 200 to 350 grams per week was estimated to reduce life span by one to two years and drinking more than 350 grams per week by four to five years.

Read more on the study HERE.

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