A sobering new study says that those under the age of 40 should not drink alcohol at all

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A new study shares surprising recommendations for people under the age of 40.

The study mainly encourages young people to throw away that cool summer cocktail or delicious beer at the moment.

They should not drink alcohol at all.

People under the age of 40 have a significant health risk from drinking, according to research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The research was published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet.

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Health risks associated with drinking include car accidents, injuries, and even murder, according to the study.

The study also found that people under the age of 40 receive absolutely no health benefits from drinking alcohol.

A young woman drinks a glass of wine – which is now not allowed for people under 40, according to a new study.
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People age 40 or older may benefit from limited alcohol consumption — an occasional glass of red wine, for example — as long as they don’t have an underlying health risk.

The benefits of small amounts of alcohol include a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and/or diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic website. (None of these results are guaranteed with moderate drinking.)

“Our message is simple: Young people should not drink, but older adults may benefit from drinking less.”

This new study, which came from the authors of the Global Burden of Disease Project at the University of Washington in Seattle, analyzed people’s drinking habits in 204 countries and territories. It found that the number of people consuming harmful amounts of alcohol rose to 1.34 billion in 2020.

Approximately 77% of these people were male – with approximately 60% of harmful consumption occurring among individuals between the ages of 15 and 39.

Fox News Digital reached out to Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou, senior author of the study and professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington, and was directed by IHME to the press release on their website.

"We believe it is important to communicate the latest evidence so that everyone can make informed decisions about their health," The new study said.

“We believe it is important to communicate the latest evidence so that everyone can make informed decisions about their health,” the new study said.
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“Our message is simple: Young people should not drink, but older adults may benefit from drinking small amounts,” the statement says in part.

“While it may not be realistic to believe that young people will abstain from drinking,” the statement continues, “we believe it is important to communicate the latest evidence so that everyone can make informed decisions about their health.”

“Our message is simple: Young people should not drink, but older adults may benefit from drinking less.”

The study examined the risks of alcohol consumption on 22 health outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

For the purposes of the new study, one drink of alcohol was defined as 10 grams of pure alcohol — meaning a small 3.4 ounce (100 milliliters) glass of red wine, and a standard 12 fluid ounce (355 milliliters) glass or bottle. of beer (3.5% alcohol) or a fluid ounce dose of spirits (30 milliliters) that contains 40% alcohol by volume.

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“We provide clear evidence that the level of alcohol consumption that reduces health losses varies greatly across populations and remains zero or very close to zero for many population groups, particularly young people,” the study said.

There has been a focus in the past on the study of alcohol consumption in relation to sex.  However, a new study focused on global region, gender, age and calendar year.

There has been a focus in the past on the study of alcohol consumption in relation to sex. However, a new study focused on global region, gender, age and calendar year.
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“At the same time, small amounts of alcohol consumption are associated with improved health outcomes in populations that often face a high cardiovascular disease burden, particularly older adults in many regions of the world,” she continued.

“Given these findings, we recommend that current policy guidelines be modified to focus on emphasizing differential optimal consumption levels by age, rather than the current practice of recommending different consumption levels by sex.”

There has been a focus in the past on the study of alcohol consumption in relation to gender – such as a report nearly a decade ago titled “Bridging the Gender Gap: The State of Gender-Specific Alcohol Research” published in the Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in 2013.

This new study instead focused on several factors: global region, gender, age, and calendar year.

New study "He stressed that the level of alcohol consumption recommended by many of the current guidelines is too high for young people in all regions."

A new study confirms that the level of alcohol consumption recommended by many current guidelines is too high for young people in all regions.
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The study “Light makes a serious recommendation for those 40 and younger, and the authors call for a review of alcohol consumption guidelines to emphasize levels of consumption by age,” according to the University of Washington’s IHME website.

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The study confirms that the level of alcohol consumption recommended by many of the current guidelines is too high for young people in all regions.

It also calls for “policies targeting males under the age of 40, who are most likely to use alcohol harmfully.”

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The study also noted, “This study highlights the importance of prioritizing interventions to reduce alcohol consumption among young people.”

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