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Heavy Drinkers Outlive Non-drinkers?

Sat, Apr 16, 2011

Lifestyle, Longevity

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Non-drinkers?

In the recent past, studies showed that alcohol drinkers lived longer than non-alcohol lovers. However, according to Alcoholics Anonymous, these so-called abstainers were actually former alcoholics that became afflicted with an alcohol-related disease, as a result of their heavy drinking.

But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research states that even
those who was practically alcohol free their whole lives died sooner than alcoholics!

Of course, this finding does not give us the license to drink up a storm just to secure our long lifespan. After all, excessive drinking has more disadvantages than benefits. Car accidents, flared tempers, and sluggishness are only some of the many ill effects of alcohol, and we should avoid being in these situations at all costs.

A sample research done by the team of a psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin studied individuals between ages 55 and 65 that had some kind of outpatient care in the previous three years. The 1,824 participants were followed for 20 years. In those 20 years, percentages of those that died were 69% of abstainers, 60% of heavy drinkers, and only 41% of moderate drinkers.

The middle ground is moderate drinking. Drinking moderately, which means one to three glasses of red wine per day, is actually a health benefit, as it prevents heart disease and improves blood circulation. Drinking socially is also a positive aspect of drinking, as it enables us to build on relationships and unwind after a stressful day.

So at the end of the day, a couple of glasses of alcohol with good company can have a positive effect on your physical as well as your social well-being.

Source: Time

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