A new study has found that just one alcoholic beverage a day can shorten your life. An analysis of 600,000 drinkers found that drinking up to five to 10 alcoholic drinks a week could shorten a person’s life by up to six months.

This number increases with higher consumption, with those who have an excess of 18 drinks being more likely to lose up to five years from their lifespan. Experts say it challenged the idea that having the odd light drink was actually good for us. Which is just stupid, to begin with, if we’re being brutally honest.

Scientists calculated how much time a person could lose if they drank the same way for the rest of their lives after the age of 40. They found those who consumed up to 12.5 units per week were more likely to have a stroke by 14%, have a fatal hypersensitive disease by 24% and have heart failure by 9%.

This challenges the idea that drinking red wine could actually have health benefits. However, some scientists claim these benefits have been massively overhyped.

The UK guidelines for alcohol were recently lowered to 14 units per week in 2016.

But as anyone from the north may know, that’s nowhere near enough for pre-drinks. You know, that thing you do so you’re already sloshed by the time you get to town so you don’t spend as much. Speaking of which, that’s part of the reason we’re all skint.

Drink responsibly, people.