Study Finds Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?
As reported in Time magazine, a research paper which appeared in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has found that abstaining from alcohol does not actually increase life expectancy. Shockingly, abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.
This doesn’t mean you should go out and increase your drinking habits, for alcoholism can lead to a number of health and well-being issues beyond liver cancer and other maladies. After all one can make inappropriate decisions while flush with too much liquor, such as cheating on a spouse, driving while intoxicated, or suffering a fall.
However, red wine has been shown to increase circulation, heart health, and sociability, which makes people happier and less isolated. The study also shows a socioeconomic relationship between alcohol consumption and life expectancy. Someone from a lower income bracket might not be able to afford to knock back a few cocktails after work, while someone from a higher bracket has that luxury.
The study – which was conducted over a 20 year period, even after accounting for a wide array of variables – still found that mortality rates were highest for those that did not drink regularly.
In sum, the old adage, “everything in moderation” must be your guide in terms of drinking a toast to your health.
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