British women are among the world’s heaviest drinkers – as study warns just ONE drink a day damages your health
British women have been ranked among the heaviest female drinkers in the world.
A global alcohol league table showed they drink around 30g of alcohol a day – or three standard drinks.
The table put British women in eighth place for alcohol consumption, just behind Irish women. Ukrainian women came in first, with more than four drinks a day.
British men, meanwhile, came 62nd in the male category, drinking a similar amount to British women.
The findings, published in the Lancet, were part of the most comprehensive global study on alcohol to date.
The researchers claimed there is ‘no safe level’ for drinking – and that even one drink a day increases risk of ill health.
The team behind the study claimed their findings should lead public health bodies ‘to consider recommendations for abstention’.
Experts believe that the trend for going out clubbing in the Eighties and Nineties has led to British ‘ladettes’ being ranked so highly for alcohol consumption – as they have not changed their drinking habits.
The researchers’ claims of the impact of drinking on health were ridiculed last night.
For every 100,000 people who drink a bottle of beer or small glass of wine daily, just four more people develop health problems each year than if all 100,000 remain teetotal, the research showed.
But the study, led by the University of Washington, said: ‘Any health benefits of alcohol are outweighed by adverse effects.’
For every 100,000 light drinkers, 918 people each year develop one of 23 alcohol-related health problems. For every 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 develop the same problems – a difference of just four.
The numbers rapidly increase for heavier drinkers, but critics last night said the statistics go to the heart of the public debate around moderate drinking.
David Spiegelhalter, professor for the public understanding of risk at the University of Cambridge, said: ‘Claiming there is no ‘safe’ level does not seem an argument for abstention.