Moderate alcohol consumption is also bad for your health

That beer or drink with friends can bring harm to your health, depending on your genetics. That’s because drinking alcohol, even if moderate, increases the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

The study showed that blood pressure increased and the risk of stroke rose to 35% in those who consumed 4 or more doses of alcohol a day.

People who consumed between 10 and 20 grams of alcohol daily (which is considered a low or moderate consumption) were about 15% more likely to have a stroke .

For the development of the study, the researchers used genetic factors that can determine how much the regular consumption of alcohol is harmful to the individual’s health.

Participants responded to reports indicating the amount ingested and at what frequency. The questions also addressed topics such as physical activities and smoking .

The research was published in The Lancet . Researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences studied more than 160,000 people over 10 years.

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The concern is global

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 2.3 billion people worldwide consume alcohol with an average intake of 33 grams per day.

Still according to the organization, Europe is the continent that consumes the most alcohol and there is a projection that the intake in the world will increase in the next 10 years.

Worldwide, distilled beverages are the most consumed (44.8%). Beer comes in second place (34.3%), followed by wine (11.7%).

The Health and Alcohol Information Center (CISA) indicates that, in Brazil, women drink an average of 2.4 liters per year, against 13.4 liters consumed by men.

Research has proven that drinking can lead to diseases such as cancer , anemia , heart, liver and pancreas problems, in addition to being related to osteoporosis and damage to neurons.

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This study proved that there are no safe levels for alcohol consumption. When talking about alcoholic beverages the recommendation is: the less, the better for health.