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.

Is Your Salary Enough to Make You Happy?

Money just might be able to buy you happiness. According to a new study from Princeton University, earning $75,000 a year is just the right amount to make you happy. Make any more and sure, you might be driving a nicer car but it won’t bring you any more happiness. The more your income is below that level and the unhappier you’ll be.

According to an article in Time magazine, self-evaluation is, “heavily influenced by income.” The more money a person earns the more they feel like their life, “is working.”

The study authors, which include Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, say a higher income doesn’t bring someone happiness but it does, “bring you a life you think is better.”

Time to ask for a raise?