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Heavy Drinkers live longer than Abstainers

2010-08-31 16:40:22.843226+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Heavy drinkers outlive non-drinkers.

But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren't entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

As a current non-drinker, I hope there's some prophylactic effect from my youthful overindulgences...

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-03 00:26:53.631226+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks, I'll remember to dip the rim before I fill the glass...

Interesting that moderate drinkers lived longer than light drinkers. I may have to re-think my current tea-totalling stance.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-02 20:40:38.047226+00 by: m

Like all such a posteriori studies, I would take this one with "a grain of salt" in addition to "a hair of the dog."