In what may come as relief to over-65s relishing the thought of a chilled glass or two of rose on a hot summer evening, scientists have found you can demolish the best part of a bottle without damaging your heath. A study published in the Lancet suggests that while the under 40s should curb their drinking drastically to avoid health risks, safe consumption for people aged 40-64 ranges between a half to two standard drinks a day – a standard drink being 100ml. But the over 65s could stretch to a little over three, or just short of a half bottle per person. All this must be seen, of course, in light of other research that suggests booze is irredeemably harmful and we should stay off it altogether.

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