The researchers claimed there is "no safe level" for drinking - and that even one drink a day increases risk of ill health. Some scientists are now saying none.
Alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016, accounting for almost one in 10 deaths, according to the study, published Thursdayin the journal The Lancet.
But 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.
The myth of moderate drinking Drinking occasionally or a glass or two of wine or beer everyday has been condoned for years as they have been assumed to offer health benefits.
In this age group, the leading causes of alcohol-related deaths included tuberculosis, road injuries, and self-harm.
In fact professor Saxena is apparently incorrect in this statement about drinking to excess as yesterday's paper from the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Sheffield Alcohol Research Group - despite its own failings - showed only 25% of the United Kingdom adult population drinks over the government guidelines....
Drinking patterns vary globally. "Our results indicate that alcohol use and its harmful effects on health could become a growing challenge as countries become more developed, and enacting or maintaining strong alcohol control policies will be vital", said Prof Emmanuela Gakidou, the report's senior author.
The researchers estimated that in people aged 15-95 years, drinking one alcoholic drink per day for one year increases the risk of developing one of the 23 alcohol-related health problems by 0.5%, compared with not drinking at all. A drink a day may decrease a woman's risk of heart disease but increase her risk of breast cancer.
Globally, one in three people (32.5 percent) drink alcohol - equivalent to 2.4 billion people - including 25 percent of women (0.9 billion women) and 39 percent of men (1.5 billion men).
"Come to think of it", he notes, "there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention".
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India had lost the first two Tests of the five-match series at Edgbaston and Lord's and their batsmen had come under the scanner. Some of their first-choice batsmen have an ordinary record in domestic cricket, averaging 30-35 at best.
The study was carried out by researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
But an extra four people would be affected if they drank one alcoholic drink a day.
"However, studies have shown that India has a large number of heavy drinkers - more than 75 ml/day or nearly every day of the week".
But the authors of the new study insist that any benefits from drinking alcohol are outweighed by the harms.
The examination of impacts drew from more than 600 earlier studies, while a country-by-country tally of prevalence - the percentage of men and women who drink, and how much they consume - drew from another 700.
A major global study has concluded there is no safe limit to alcohol consumption.
What's more, any protective health effects of alcohol were offset by the drink's risk, including strong links between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer and injuries such as vehicle accidents.
Furthermore, what the study and its attendant press release have not made entirely clear is just what the base or absolute risk was in the first place.
"Overall, the health risks associated with alcohol rose in line with the amount consumed each day".