Health & Fitness

One alcoholic drink a day could drastically shorten your life and well, shit

I’m here for a good time, not a long time.

By Natasha Harding
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We're the first to admit, there are few things we love more than kicking back on the weekend with a pizza and a few glasses of wine. And Fridays wouldn't quite be Fridays without a TGIF cocktail, would they? Same thing goes for a cheeky mid-week rosé on Hump Day.

Then there's Thursday night (or what I like to call 'Friday Eve'), Monday (the toughest day of the week) and Tuesday night (when we could all use a little pick-me-up).

Before long, it's easy to see how you could end up having a drink every night of the week, and maybe a few extra pinots on weekends.

But it turns out that having one alcoholic drink a day can have a pretty major impact on your health. At least, according to a new study.

The research in question, published in the Lancet, basically says we shouldn't be having more than five glasses of wine a week and sorry, WHAT?!

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This measly figure is in line with the American recommended drinking guidelines, but is less than those set out by the Aussie government, which says we can have closer to 8 glasses of wine a week (which translates to 14 standard drinks).

So, wtf is going on?

In practical health terms, leading scientist David Spiegelhalter from the University of Cambridge told The Guardian that, for a 40-year-old, every alcoholic drink you have in addition to your weekly limit shortens your life by 15 minutes. YIKES.

This estimate takes into consideration the impact alcohol has on increasing your chances of stroke and/or certain heart complications.

Spiegelhalter went as far as to say the impact every extra drink has on your life expectancy is "about the same as a cigarette". What's worse, it looks like he's basing his claims off the American drinking guidelines of no more than five bevvys a week.

The takeaway? Either cut your alcohol consumption riiiiight down, or live that YOLO life and die (a little earlier) doing what you love.

You do you.