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In most cases drinking alcohol increases your chances of developing diseases, in one - cardiovascular disease - many doctors think drinking alcohol protects you against cardiovascular disease.
A new study from Oxford University considered research that has been carried out on alcohol and health risks, and looked specifically at 11 diseases that have been linked to alcohol.
The study found that the death rate was lowest when the average consumption was just half a unit of alcohol a day.
That's less than the smallest glass of wine you can buy in a pub - about half a small glass. It's about quarter of a pint of beer. And if that was the average consumption in England there would be 4,600 fewer deaths each year.
Researchers behind a new report have calculated that a limit of just half a unit would help slash deaths from liver cirrhosis, cancer and diabetes.
Current guidelines recommend three to found units per day for men, and between two and three units for women. A small 125 glass of wine contains 1.3 units.
Cutting down on alcohol could save thousands of lives in Britain, according to a new report by scientists that recommends a daily intake equivalent of around half a glass of wine.
Cutting average daily alcohol intake would prevent almost 4,600 premature deaths a year in England alone, it is claimed.
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Thousands of lives could be saved if Britons cut down on their alcohol consumption, new research suggests.