Every year spent in education improves your life expectancy, a new study finds
Each year of education can reduce the risk of mortality by nearly 2 percent, a new study has found.
Meanwhile, not having an education is as bad for your health as drinking too much alcohol.
This is according to a meta-analysis that aimed to quantify the relationship between education and mortality. The review included 603 studies from around the world.
The findings were published in the scientific journal The Lancet Public Health this week.
"Education is important in itself, not only for its health benefits, but now being able to quantify this benefit is an important development," said Dr Terje Andreas Eikemo, co-author of the study.
People who completed primary school had an average 13 percent lower risk of death, while those who completed high school (with 12 years of education) had a 25 percent lower risk of death compared to those who did not .
People with 18 years of education had a 34 percent reduction in mortality risk.