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Moderate Drinking Boosts Health

Friday, 29 June 2012 02:01 PM

Yet another study is giving new meaning to the common toast: “To your health!”
Boston University researchers have found moderate drinking – defined as no more than three alcoholic beverages per day for women, up to four for men – contributes to a higher health-related quality of life in people 50 and older.
The 14-year study, which is based on an analysis of more than 5,404 Canadians, concluded “persistent moderate drinkers” are more likely to be “consistently healthy” and not suffer serious health conditions – such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes – than nondrinkers.
The investigators also found regular moderate drinkers had the highest quality of life, based on an index of contributing factors, than abstainers.
What’s more, people whose alcohol consumption decreased over the course of the study had a greater decline in their levels of health-related quality of life than regular moderate users.
"As people age, even disregarding medical obstacles, social interactions generally decrease, which leads to both less stimulation to drink and less opportunity to drink," said Dr. Harvey Finkel, of the Boston University Medical Center.
Researchers noted drinking alcohol – particularly at high levels -- can raise some health risks and have obvious negative effects on quality of life for some people. But, overall, the study showed moderate drinking has a positive impact on health-related quality of life in middle-aged adults.

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