One Beer a Day Linked with Increased Risk of Premature Death

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But if you decide to swap out that apple for a beer, then you'll probably end up going to the doctor much, much sooner.

A new study says that someone who has one or two drinks for four or more days each week is at a heightened risk of premature death compared to someone who drinks three days or less per week. This is in stark contrast to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines that say women can safely consume one alcoholic beverage per day, and men can safely consume two.

It isn't quite clear how exactly the increased amount of drinking is related, although the researchers did definitely state that increased consumption of alcohol is linked to an increased risk of cancer. In fact, some studies in recent months say that any level of drinking whatsoever is bad for a person's health.

The researchers noted that drinking alcohol's effects on premature death are difficult to study, because there are so many other factors that contribute. But, they still say they're confident with their results. 

"Despite these limitations, because of the large samples and that the same result was seen in such different groups, we are fairly confident that the results are correct," said one researcher.

So just another reason to choose weed over beer.

(h/t Newsweek)

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