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Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide a year to booze.Looked at one way, that seems like quite a small increment: 914 out of 100,000 teetotalers will encounter those problems, compared with 918 people who imbibe seven times a week.The risk climbs in a steep "J-curve," the study found.Drinking was the seventh leading risk factor for premature death and disease in 2016, accounting for just over 2 percent of deaths in women and nearly 7 percent in men.In the 15-49 age bracket, alcohol emerged as the most lethal factor, responsible for more than 12 percent of deaths among men, the study found.Among men, drinking alcohol in 2016 was most widespread in Denmark (97 percent), along with Norway, Argentina, Germany and Poland (94 percent).
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