Alcohol in Any Amounts is Bad for Those Under the Age of 40, New Global Study Claims

Alcohol in Any Amounts is Bad for Those Under the Age of 40, New Global Study Claims

We get it: you’re young, and you think that drinking a few beers on the weekend with your buddies can’t possibly do you any harm. Furthermore, all your friends might also be consuming alcohol pretty often, and you haven’t heard about any of them going to the emergency room for such a reason. 

If that’s your case, you might be very tempted to keep consuming alcohol. But a new massive study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation comes to bring you some bad news. According to USA TODAY NEWS, even small amounts of alcohol are bad for your health if you’re under the age of 40 years old.

Injuries are most likely to occur for those under 40

Surprisingly enough, those who consume alcohol until the age of 40 years old are most likely to deal with injuries. What’s perhaps even more frightening is that no health benefit was found to exist in the case of those who consume alcoholic beverages and are between 15 to 39 years old.

Emmanuela Gakidou, who is a professor of health metrics sciences at IMHE, explained:

Our message is simple: Young people should not drink, but older people may benefit from drinking small amounts,

While it may not be realistic to think young adults will abstain from drinking, we do think it’s important to communicate the latest evidence so that everyone can make informed decisions about their health.

Dana Bryazka from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine explained for USA TODAY more about the case of those under 40 years old:

The rates of cancers and heart disease are generally low in this population,

Taking a disease-rate weighted average of the risk of alcohol use, we found that even relatively low levels of alcohol use are harmful to young people.

While young people should stay completely away from alcohol, as the study claims, there’s still some good news for older adults: small amounts of alcoholic beverages might actually be beneficial for this latter group.


Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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