Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Zoey Sky
Beer drinkers need to closely monitor their daily alcohol intake because according to a new study, drinking “more than a third of a pint of beer a day impairs people’s response time.”
The reports of a study published in the United Kingdom reveals that drinking more than 10 grams (g) (or a unit) of beer daily will greatly decrease one’s cognitive function. The study authors also note that “alcohol’s negative health effects worsen as people age.”
The U.K. Department of Health cautions that adults must drink “no more than 16 g of alcohol a day to avoid its negative health effects.” This is equal to two units of beer, or with one unit being equivalent to “a third of a pint of beer or half a standard glass of wine.”
But according to the researchers, it would be safer to consume only 10 g per day. Drinking at least one unit means that adults are only consuming “a safer upper limit.”
For the study, researchers from Oxford University looked into the alcohol drinking habits of 13,342 individuals aged 40 to 72 years old from 2006 to 2010. The alcohol consumption of the participants was recorded through questionnaires and interviews.
The participants’ cognitive abilities were measured via a short test done on a computer. They were shown two cards at the same time, and the participants had to answer quickly if the images onscreen were the same. The study’s findings were published in the Journal of Public Health.
Study author Professor Simon Moore warns that the public must be properly educated about the extent of the damage that alcohol consumption can do to our health. He adds that people need to know about the growing evidence that points to the dangers of alcohol before they decide how much is safe to drink. (Related: Drinking Beer Linked to Psoriasis)
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You can learn about other research findings on food and beverages and how they affect us at Research.news.