Drinking as little as an extra glass of wine a night could shorten your life by thirty minutes according to a new study.
Research carried out by The University of Cambridge, analysed 600,000 drinkers habits.
The study showed that drinking five to ten alcoholic drinks a week was likely to shorten a person’s life by six months.
Figures increase if more alcohol is consumed, with those who drink 18 or more drinks a week, losing up to five years of life.
Scientists compared the health and drinking habits of alcohol drinkers in 19 countries, then calculated how much life a person could expect to lose if they drank the same way for the rest of their lives.
Research found that the upper safe limit of drinking before any risk of death, is 12.5 units a week, which is the equivalent of about five pints of beer or five 175ml glasses of wine.
It also showed that drinking at any level increased the risk of cardiovascular illnesses.
One resident of Shelton, commented: “I would say it’s fairly accurate, but it’s probably not going to affect my drinking habits for the next five years whilst I’m still at University.
“I guess it’s a valid point, but it won’t affect my drinking until I’m older.”
Another student, said: “I guess I’ve shortened my life by six months then, it’s kind of integrated social culture.”
Whilst another student compared drinking to smoking: “I smoke as well and that’s just as bad for you, so live fast and die young!”
Watch the reaction of students and residents of Shelton here: