Irish women are having an average of three alcoholic drinks a day.
A new global study shows females here are now seventh in the world for the amount of alcohol they drink on a daily basis.
Irish women now rank higher than men in a global league table of alcohol consumption.
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington women here come seventh in the world for the amount the drink every day.
Irish men have around four and half drinks a day – but don’t make it into the top ten male consumers.
The report which is published in the Lancet Medical Journal warns that women may think that having one glass of wine isn’t harmful – but they are actually pouring themselves three measures.
Noting that alcohol is associated with 2.8 million deaths every year around the world, it warns that there is no safe level of drinking.
The study says just one drink a day can slightly increase the chances of contracting 23 alcohol-related health problems.
Dr Robert O’Connor is the Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society, he says there’s a proven link between alcohol and Cancer: “There’s no safe level of consumption. Certainly, keeping consumption down to a low level, as is recommended by most health authorities, reduces that risk but does not bring it down to zero. The only way to bring it down to zero is to not consume alcohol.”
Published today in @TheLancet, a new study shows any amount of #alcoholconsumption increases the overall risk of health loss, especially developing #cancer. https://t.co/ujNYuOY4Lg pic.twitter.com/PIsIlJEx2Y
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