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Study: Five or more drinks per week lowers life expectancy

Lay off the booze

A new study of over half a million people shows that any more than five drinks a week on average can take years off a person’s life.

Peer-reviewed journal The Lancet published the study on Friday, April 13.

The new study conflicts with previous studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association. Those studies say men in the U.S. can have two drinks a day and women can have one a day without detrimental effects to one’s health.

However, people seem wary about the study.

“I can't imagine it would take time off of my life,” said Jessica DiMaggio of Orange County, who enjoys cocktails on the weekends with her friends. “It adds to my life.”

The international team of researchers found that people who reported drinking more had higher rates of stroke, heart disease, deadly high blood pressure and fatal aortic aneurysms.

But, still most people aren’t considering changing their drinking habits.

“There's a new study coming out on everything like once a week,” said Katy Brodwater.

“I feel like it's always been like a glass or two of red wine is always good and now it's always bad! Like what's gonna be next?” said James Goodwin.

For some, it isn’t even about the habit of drinking, but living in the moment.

“It's about living in the now,” said Christina Calleros. “You can't worry about what's going to happen necessarily in the future."

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