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Drink To Your Health? Study Says Go For It!

September 1, 2010

If you want to live a longer life, try drinking more. That’s the interestingly unusual conclusion of a new study suggesting that non-drinkers do not live as long as heavy drinkers.

The study, which appears in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, followed 1,824 participants over a 20 year period, of which two-thirds were men.

Charles Holahan, of the University of Texas at Austin, headed a group of scientists that filtered out “socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support” according to Time.com, and still found that non-drinkers did not live as long as those who use alcoholic beverages.

Over the 2-decade period, 69 percent of the non-drinkers died, 60 percent of the heavy drinkers died and only 41 percent of the moderate drinkers died.

Moderate drinking was defined as one to three drinks per day, according to Time.com.

The findings are alarming, since heavy drinking can lead to liver failure, mouth cancer and heart problems. And alcoholism can ruin friendships, careers and family life.

However, the saying, “drink to your health,” may be the best advice of all.

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