Why drinking is so ageing

The more people drink, the more their cells appear to age, according to scientists who say this may partly explain why alcoholics are at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.

The Japanese scientists have completed a study that provides evidence that alcoholic patients have a shortened telomere length.

“[This] means that heavy drinking causes biological ageing at a cellular level," says lead author Dr Naruhisa Yamaki of the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine.

"It is alcohol rather than acetaldehyde that is associated with a shortened telomere length."