Sitting down to enjoy a glass of wine or two could be doing more harm to Australians than first thought, according to new medical findings.
Doctors with the Australian Medical Association have warned people who drink two glasses of wine each night could now be suffering from "chronic alcoholism".
The Daily Telegraph reports the findings come as NSW Health releases new health warnings about the 27 per cent of people aged 55 to 64 who it says are consuming alcohol at "risky levels".
Medical professionals warn that two glasses a day are a the upper limit and at least a couple days in the week should be alcohol free.
“The problem I see frequently is couples who share a bottle of wine between them every night,” AMA NSW president Dr Brad Frankum said.
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“They don’t associate binge drinking with the cultured act of a glass of wine at night."
Dr Frankum said daily drinking increases risk of pancreatitis, liver disease and obesity - even alcoholic dementia.