Story Highlights Alcohol was responsible for nearly 3 million deaths in 2016, study says.
Any benefits are offset by higher risks of cancer, other disease, researchers say.
"Claiming there is no 'safe' level does not seem an argument for abstention," one expert says.
(CNN) — If you're one of the third of all humankind who drinks alcohol, take note: There's no amount of liquor, wine or beer that is safe for your overall health, according to a new analysis of 2016 global alcohol consumption and disease risk.
For all ages, alcohol was associated with 2.8 million deaths that year.
"The most surprising finding was that even small amounts of alcohol use contribute to health loss globally," said senior study author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
"We're used to hearing that a drink or two a day is fine. »