Cocktail Chatter: Moderate Drinking = Longer Life?

Pierre Metivier

Our friends at Time Magazine have single handedly made Friday nights more exciting. The publication just reported on a new study that finds “those who don’t drink tend to die sooner than those who do.”

The research, which was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research finds (and they aren’t quite sure why) that abstaining from alcohol tends to increase a person’s risk of dying, even when you account for some of those ‘nondrinkers’ actually being former heavy drinkers who are now in recovery.

Perhaps the most eye opening part of the study was that those who didn’t drink at all actually had a higher mortality rate than heavy drinkers.

However — don’t worry — we aren’t advocating heavy drinking — those who came out the best in the study were moderate drinkers, those who had one to three drinks per day.

The researchers said those who were moderate drinkers (especially those who indulged in red wine) could be living longer because of improved heart health, circulation and sociability that can come from drinking vino — “which can be important because people who are isolated don’t have as many family members and friends who can notice and help treat health problems,” said Time Magazine.

Just the Facts – from Time magazine:

The sample of those who were studied included individuals between ages 55 and 65 who had had any kind of outpatient care in the previous three years. The 1,824 participants were followed for 20 years. One drawback of the sample: a disproportionate number, 63%, were men. Just over 69% of the abstainers died during the 20 years, 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of moderate drinkers died.

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Comments

  1. Love this! I will toast my glass of wine (or two) to longevity tonight 😉

  2. Whatever you do, if you’re at a cocktail party, don’t get photographed with a drink in your hand. A study found that those who do “appear less smart” than those who pose without that cocktail.

    We knew not to do it; now we know why 🙂

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