The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has hit back at a global study that suggests there is no safe level of drinking.

The Global Burden of Disease, published in the Lancet, compared people who did not drink at all to those who have one drink a day.

It found that 914 out of every 100,000 non-drinkers would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.

But an extra four people would be affected if they drank one alcoholic drink a day.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: "Whilst many choices in life carry potential risks and benefits, there are many scientific studies that support the view that moderate alcohol consumption can form part of a healthy lifestyle.

"UK brewers have a long-standing record of promoting responsible drinking and enabling consumers to make informed decisions. We believe that for adults of legal drinking age who choose to drink, moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a well-balanced lifestyle and beer, which is typically the lowest strength form of alcohol, is a great way to enjoy responsible drinking and support your local pub.

"As ever, those with questions about their own alcohol consumption are encouraged to consult a health professional."