Drinkers who ignore alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, researchers say.
A study of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week - the equivalent of five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer - were at an increased risk of early death.
The findings support recently lowered guidelines in the UK, which recommend that both men and women should not drink more than 14 units or 112g of pure alcohol in a week.
This equates to around six pints of 4% strength beer or six 175ml glasses of 13% wine.
The international study, published in the Lancet journal, also found drinking more alcohol gave a greater risk of suffering a stroke, heart failure, and fatal aneurysm.