A new study suggests that drinking an extra glass of wine will shorten your life by 30 minutes. I am a wine drinker and that statement got my attention. If you drink wine it should get yours as well.

According to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40-year old.  That was about the last thing I wanted to hear, I'm sure it was the same for you.

The research paper published in the Lancet medical journal, says five standard glasses of wine or five pints a week is the upper safe limit-that translates to about 100g of alcohol, or 12.5 units in total.

I find this statement even more sobering. if you compare the alcohol consumption to a 40-year-old smoking. "Above two units per day the death rates steadily climb," said David Spiegelhalter, Winton professor for the public understanding at the University of Cambridge.

The paper estimates a 40-year-old drinking four units a day above the guidelines has roughly two years lower life expectancy, which is around a 20th of their remaining life. This works out at about an hour per day. So, it's as if each unit above the guidelines is taking, on average, about15 minutes of life, about the same as a cigarette.

It would appear there is no safe ground other than quitting cold turkey. Not an option for me I like my wine.

[The Guardian]