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Alcohol leading risk factor for death, affecting 2.8 million yearly, new study finds

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Alcohol is the leading cause of death or disease worldwide, causing 2.8 million deaths yearly, according to a new study published by medical journal The Lancet.

The study also found alcohol increases the risk for cancer and in 2016 it was the seventh-leading cause for premature deaths and disabilities.

The drinking patterns of 28 million people were studied from 1990 through 2016 in 195 different countries for both sexes from ages 15 to 95 before researchers released their findings.

According to USA Today, dietary guidelines stated that women should only have one drink daily and men should have no more than two.

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