A connection has been found between drinking moderate levels of alcohol and the degenerative eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by researchers at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).
AMD is Australia's leading cause of blindness, where early signs are detected in up to one out of seven Australians aged over 50. The eye disease affects the macula, which is the central area of the retina.
Having more than 20g of alcohol daily (the recommended maximum daily intake for Australia) was linked with an increase in early AMD in around 20 per cent of men and women surveyed in the study.
Lead author Dr Madeleine Adams said: "While previous studies have illustrated the risks of heavy drinking to eye health, until now there was little evidence regarding the association between moderate alcohol consumption and early AMD."
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