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Study: Abstaining from alcohol significantly shortens life (health)

by AC @, Saturday, April 16, 2011, 11:02
edited by AC, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 06:28

Study: Abstaining from alcohol significantly shortens life

New research shows that those who imbibe are less likely to die than those who stay dry.

A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.

Surprised? The tightly controlled study, which looked at individuals between ages 55 and 65, spanned a 20-year period and accounted for variables ranging from socioeconomic status to level of physical activity. Led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin, it found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a sip, lower for heavy drinkers, and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoyed one to three drinks per day.

Of the 1,824 study participants, only 41 percent of the moderate drinkers died compared to a whopping 69 percent of the nondrinkers. Meanwhile, the heavy drinkers fared better than those who abstained, with a 60 percent mortality rate.

Despite the increased risks for cirrhosis and several types of cancer, not to
mention dependency, accidents and poor judgment associated with heavy
drinking, those who imbibe are less likely to die than people who stay dry.

Finish reading this here:
http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/stories/study-abstaining-from-alcohol-significantly-s...

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