According to the study, almost 10% of global deaths of people aged 15-49 in 2016 were because of alcohol use and it is leading risk factor for premature death and disability among that particular age group. Just 0.8 per cent of Pakistani men and 0.3 per cent of Bangladeshi women drank alcohol.
The researchers proposed that alcoholic drinks be made less affordable and appealing by increasing taxes on them and regulating their price, the marketing of drinks and where alcohol can be sold. He is a researcher at the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in Seattle.
Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze.
Consumption of alcohol has been a big cause of cancer in the over-50, especially in women.
They also included an analysis of 23 health outcomes associated with alcohol use, including cardiovascular disease; certain cancers; noncommunicable diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver, alcohol use disorders and pancreatitis, communicable disease such as tuberculosis, intentional and unintentional injuries and transportation-related injuries.
The top 10 heaviest-drinking countries are all in Europe, with Romania leading the pack at an average 8.2 daily drinks among all men, and an astounding 12 drinks per day among men ages 45 to 59. According to the Mayo Clinic, alcohol, though not totally risk-free, can reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes and having a strike.
For every 100,000 light drinkers, 918 people each year develop one of 23 alcohol-related health problems.
United States lead researcher Dr Max Griswold, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said: 'Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increase with any amount of alcohol.
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The relative risk associated with drinking begins at under 1% and then increases marginally with each 10g of alcohol (one drink) consumed.
Two drinks per day increased the chances of disease and injury by 7 percent, the researchers wrote.
A global alcohol league table showed they drink around 30g of alcohol a day - or three standard drinks.
Drinking patterns vary globally.
He points out that his study looked only at drinkers, but the new research compared drinkers to non-drinkers in accessing risk and is one of the first to look at data from low- and middle-income countries.
When accounting for relative risk of drinking, researchers found that any alcohol consumption increased these risk factors and emphasized that the safest amount of alcohol is no alcohol. Alcohol is linked to over 20 negative and potentially deadly conditions including cancers, stroke, heart disease, and of course accidents (vehicular or otherwise) that tend to happen when people are drinking.