Heavy Alcohol Drinking Shortens Life

Heavy Alcohol Use Hastens Death by Up to 25 Years

Neuropsychiatric patients at great risk.

A history of heavy drinking cuts the life span by up to 25 years across all major chronic diseases, Hsiao-ye Yi, Ph.D., reported at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism.

The effect seems particularly pronounced in women drinkers, who lose their survival advantage over men at an early age, wrote Dr. Yi, an epidemiologist with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

The average years of life lost due to heavy drinking varied by disease, ranging from 25 years for neuropsychiatric conditions to 7 years for malignant neoplasms, and was generally much greater in women than in men.

More research at Clinical Psychiatry News

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