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A new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that those who dont drink tend to die sooner than those who do.

Researches led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin, found that abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one’s risk of dying. But the reasons aren’t entirely clear yet.

And the most shocking part of the study shows that abstainers mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers!

The lowest mortality rate is associated with moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day. Studies show that moderate alcohol use, especially red wine, can improve your body condition (heart health, circulation) e mind (sociability).

It sounds a bit weird to say that a more social person can live longer, but it can be true.

Alcohol lubricates so many social interactions, and social interactions are vital for maintaining mental and physical health.

Isolated people tend to be more depressed. And if you more people around you, you increase the chances of someone notice some kind of health problem and help you to get treatment.

To understand the study we need to analyze the social environment as well. Those who abstain from alcohol tend to be from lower socioeconomic classes and have more life stressors such as, financial worries that would trigger stress-related illnesses over long periods.

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 abstainers died during the 20 years, 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of moderate drinkers died.

The authors of the new paper are careful to note that even if drinking is associated with longer life, it can be dangerous: it can impair your memory severely and it can lead to nonlethal falls that would complicate your life. And it can be addictive; creating damage that you will have to work extremely hard to get rid of.

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