A pint of beer or a glass of wine a day can help older people live longer, according to research.
The potential “protective” benefits of moderate drinking “clearly outweigh” the possible cancer risk, experts said.
Downing 14 units or less per week for men, or seven for women, was linked to a 13% reduced risk of “all-cause mortality” in men and a 34% lower risk in women.
Male moderate drinkers had 21% less chance of dying from cardiovascular disease , rising to 34% for women.
Similar findings were observed for light drinkers who had fewer than three drinks per week. However, researchers warned heavier drinking is linked to greater health problems, negating any benefits.
Dr Bo Xi, of Shandong University School of Public Health, in China, who led the study, said: “Light-to-moderate drinking might have some protective effects against cardiovascular disease – while heavy drinking can lead to death. A delicate balance exists between beneficial and detrimental effects.”
Co-author Dr Sreenivas Veeranki, of the University of Texas, added: “A J-shaped relationship exists between alcohol consumption and mortality, and drinkers should drink with consciousness.”
Male heavy drinkers had a 25% increased risk of death from any cause, and a 67% increase in dying from cancer, found medics in Texas, who studied data from 333,247 participants in 12 years of US surveys, as part of the joint study.
Heavy drinkers were defined as having more than 14 units a week for men, seven for women.
Neurology specialist Giovanni de Gaetano said younger adults should not expect much benefit from moderate drinking. He added: “For most older persons, the overall benefits of light drinking, especially the reduced cardiovascular disease risk, outweigh possible cancer risk.”
BREAKING NEWS: BoG takes over Unibank
The Bank of Ghana has announced it has taken over the management of private bank, Unibank.
The Governor of the central bank explained at a press conference, the takeover is due to challenges facing the bank. He mentioned weak supervisory standards and weak operations as the cause of the challenges.
Ernest Addison said the bank, adjudged the 6thbest performing company in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in 2017, provided inaccurate data during the central bank’s effort to resolve the problems last year.
He assured depositors their money is safe, stressing “we are not liquidating the bank, we are saving it.”
The take-over comes weeks after Unibank announced it was taking over adb.
The top management of Unibank are Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II who is Chief Executive Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Owusu-Ansah Awere, Executive Clifford Duke Mettle, Director of Risk Management Kwesi Nkrumah Pimpah.
Photo: CEO Kwabena Duffour II was awarded the most enterprising young executive award in 2017.
The bank’s company secretary is Sylvia Assimeng-Archer, Executive Head of Treasury and Global Trade John Collins Arthur, Executive Head of Corporate Banking Elsie Dansoa Kyereh and Executive Head of Innovations and Business Execution Florence Ohene.
This executive management are expected to give way to new control, KPMG appointed by the central bank.
The bank was founded in 1997 by Kwabena Duffour who later became Finance minister under the Mills administration.
But after 20 years of private management, Kwabena Duffour who is a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana loses control of unibank to his former employers.
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