A woman reads a book next to a glass of German alcohol free Weizen beer (wheat beer) at the 'Cafe am Neuen See' beer garden in Berlin, Germany, April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensc
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NEW YORK: Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose.While the U.S. government currently recommends no more than seven drinks a week for women, the recommendation for men is 14 drinks. That's because earlier studies found women are hit by the effects of alcohol at lower amounts than men for several reasons, including women weigh less than men on average and blood alcohol concentrations rise faster.The new study estimates that 40-year-old men who drink as much as the current U.S. guidelines allow can expect to live one to two years less than men who have no more than seven drinks per week.The research combined results from 83 studies conducted in 19 countries, tracking nearly 600,000 people who drank alcohol.
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