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Abstaining from alcohol significantly shortens life

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

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 prematurely 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.
A possible explanation for this is that alcohol can be a great social lubricant, and strong social networks are essential for maintaining mental and physical health. Nondrinkers have been shown to demonstrate greater signs of depression than their carousing counterparts, and in addition to the potential heart health and circulation benefits of moderate drinking (especially red wine), it also increases sociability.
While it’s always important to drink responsibly, this is one study that warrants raising a glass.
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It's interesting, don't buy heavy drinker outliving the one who doesn't drink. I like how they didn't define what they considered to be heavy drinking either, but defined it for moderate drinking, catch that?
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ATL Souljah Boy wrote:It's interesting, don't buy heavy drinker outliving the one who doesn't drink. I like how they didn't define what they considered to be heavy drinking either, but defined it for moderate drinking, catch that?


Well, it's not as healthy as inhaling smoke, right?
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ATL Souljah Boy wrote:Vaporizer bro


Oh, then I'm sure it's very healthy for you. :roll:
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ATL Souljah Boy wrote:You crack me up man LOL


Course I worry more about the bag of Jalepeno Cheeto's after it. :lol:
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ATL Souljah Boy wrote:It's interesting, don't buy heavy drinker outliving the one who doesn't drink. I like how they didn't define what they considered to be heavy drinking either, but defined it for moderate drinking, catch that?


Id assume anything over that 1-3 per day is considered heavy drinking.
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ATL Souljah Boy wrote:It's interesting, don't buy heavy drinker outliving the one who doesn't drink. I like how they didn't define what they considered to be heavy drinking either, but defined it for moderate drinking, catch that?


Since only 3 options and nondrinker is going to be 0 and moderate is 1-3, that would leave >3 for heavy

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4 beers heavy drinking :lol:

No wonder the test performed the way it did.
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ATL Souljah Boy wrote:4 beers heavy drinking :lol:

No wonder the test performed the way it did.


If you're knocking back that daily then yes, you'd be classified as either a heavy drinker or another bum college student. :wink:

4 should at least give you a very slight buzz and most of us don't feel the need for something mood altering on a daily basis.
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ATL Souljah Boy wrote:4 beers heavy drinking :lol:

No wonder the test performed the way it did.


most of us don't feel the need for something mood altering on a daily basis.


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