Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?

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  1. Spazzmatazz

    Spazzmatazz Band Member Banned User

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    I'll post a few excerpts from the article, because this shit is important!! :D

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    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.

    Moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies. Moderate alcohol use (especially when the beverage of choice is red wine) is thought to improve heart health, circulation and sociability, 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.

    But why would abstaining from alcohol lead to a shorter life? It's true that those who abstain from alcohol tend to be from lower socioeconomic classes, since drinking can be expensive. And people of lower socioeconomic status have more life stressors  job and child-care worries that might not only keep them from the bottle but also cause stress-related illnesses over long periods. (They also don't get the stress-reducing benefits of a drink or two after work.)

    But even after controlling for nearly all imaginable variables  socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support and so on  the researchers (a six-member team led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin) found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who had never been drinkers, second-highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.

    [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 never-drinkers died during the 20 years, 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of moderate drinkers died.


    I know what that tells ME! :beer: :drunk:

    For the entire article:
    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2014332,00.html?xid=rss-topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+%28TIME%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher
     
  2. agmod

    agmod New Member

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    I read a few years back that alcohol consumption increases with socio-economic status. These people tend to have better diets, exercise more, and be non-smokers. It therefore makes moderate drinking appear to impart a health benefit which it may not have.
    I like the British definition of 'moderate' much better than the American/Canadian: they say 3 pints per day (i.e., 4.5 beers) is moderate! Try telling my wife that, though.
     
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    gilaet Xanax Service Dog Staff Member

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    I'm immortal! :cheer:
     
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    Spazzmatazz Band Member Banned User

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    Pass the liver please... :buffet:
     
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    agmod New Member

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    Me too. I just wish the end of my red nose would stop making that buzzing noise.
     
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    gilaet Xanax Service Dog Staff Member

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    That's my mantra before each drink.
     
  7. lilbuddy67

    lilbuddy67 A man with breath-taking anger management issues Banned User

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    I think it's a pickling effect.....:dance:
     
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    Spazzmatazz Band Member Banned User

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    Well goddamn, there you are! Very VERY very good to see you!
    Sure am glad to see you posting! :beer:
     
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    lilbuddy67 A man with breath-taking anger management issues Banned User

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    Cheers Brother. Nice to get away from all the drama for awhile.
     
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    deverrant VIP Extreme Gold

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    I hope to GAWD this is true. :pray:
     
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    Spazzmatazz Band Member Banned User

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    I'll drink to that! :beer:
     
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    deverrant VIP Extreme Gold

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    I've actually been trying to cut back lately.
    I'm not drinking tonight, for instance.

    But I will tomorrow, most likely.