“Reducing harmful alcohol consumption globally will serve [to] improve the health and well-being of humanity as a whole,” said epidemiologist Steven Bell of the University of Cambridge, who was not involved with the report.

“In the last decade or so, there has been a steady reversal in thinking regarding the association of alcohol consumption with disease, specifically focused on challenging the preconception that moderate drinking has a net beneficial effect on health, and large efforts made to counteract the so-called binge drinking culture,” Bell added.

“Instilling this knowledge and preventing heavy drinking becoming the norm as early in life as possible is likely to accrue the greatest gains in healthy life expectancy. However, it is almost never too late to make positive changes in health-related behaviors to improve your overall well-being.”

Written by Nina Avramova for CNN.

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