Regular alcohol drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol at all, a new study has revealed. Yes, you read that right, non-alcoholics are more likely to die prematurely.
That is not all, the study also says that abstaining from alcohol is more likely to shorten your life than consistent but moderate uptake of alcohol. Time to raise the glass?
The tightly controlled study, which looked at individuals between ages 55 and 65, spanned a 20-year period while considering variables like socioeconomic status and level of activity was published by the Business insider magazine.
Charles Holahan, a psycologist at the University of Texas said led the study which found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a sip of alcohol, lower for heavy drinkers, and lowest for moderate drinkers.
Moderate drinkers are those who take like one to three drinks of alcohol per day.
A whooping 69% of the 1,824 sample population were non drinkers and they died prematurely compared to only 41% moderate alcoholics who died prematurely.
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Surprisingly, despite the risk of liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure and other diseases associated with heavy drinking, 60% of the heavy alcoholics died prematurely. Still fewer than non alcoholics.
The study thus revealed that non alcoholics die prematurely than alcoholics because alcohol is a good social lubricant and helps people to bond through social networks thus maintaining healthy mental states.
Non alcoholics on the other hand display increased cases of depression for lack of socialisation which in the end affects their health, especially the heart.