June 26, 2012
Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Makes You Happy
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com
According to new research, drinking two glasses of wine every day helps improve your quality of life.
Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine found that those who drink in moderation have a better overall score of quality of life than those who do not drink alcohol at all.
Quality of life was measured by the team by using the Health Utilities Index, which looks at factors like dexterity, emotion, cognition and mobility.
The team found that those regular moderate drinkers scored the highest in each of the health indices.
They did find subsequent changes in quality of life past 50 were similar in all groups though, except for those who cut down on drinking from moderate levels.
"Overall, this study shows a positive relation between regular moderate alcohol intake and quality of life in middle-aged adults," the researchers wrote in a statement. "The effects on the subsequent quality of life as one ages of continued alcohol consumption, or of decreasing intake, remain unclear."
The team studied 5,404 Canadians at age 50 for the study, and followed them for over a year period.
They considered moderate drinkers those who consumed no more than 14 drinks a week, and no more than three a day for women and four a day for men.
They said it was unclear why continued moderate alcohol consumption seemed to have an effect.
Other health experts who were invited to comment on the study said the researchers did not take into account the reasons for people to stop drinking or cut back.
"As people age, even disregarding medical obstacles, social interactions generally decrease, which leads to both less stimulation to drink and less opportunity to drink," Harvey Finkel, from the Boston University Medical Centre, wrote in a comment about the study.