In Time for New Years: Study Says Alcohol Good For You (in Moderation)
A study to be released in January’s edition of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (I’ll bet they’re fun to write for) indicates that wine might not be the only form of adult beverage providing lasting health benefits to older drinkers.
The study, entitled Wine Consumption and 20-Year Mortality Among Late-Life Moderate Drinkers, measured 55 to 65 year olds who abstained from alcohol, who largely drank wine, and those who tended to enjoy other forms of alcoholic drinks. The latter two groups studied were both considered to be moderate drinkers (less than 9 drinks per week for women, less than 12 drinks per week for men).
Over 20 years, the total mortality rate of the study participants were assessed, with some surprising results.
Study participants who drank more beer, martinis and other non-wine drinks tended to more likely be males, had more health issues on average, more likely smoked, were lower on the economic scale, and were less physically active. In other words, the guy next door.
Unfortunately, as was underscored in the study, the guy next door has a pretty high mortality rate. When removing the unhealthier risk factors, however, non-wine drinkers lived just as long as those who popped more corks on moscatos and zinfandels.
What was surprising to researchers was to find that moderate wine and non-wine drinkers had a lower mortality rate than teetotallers. Yes, you read that right - moderate drinkers, regardless of their favorite method of getting a buzz on, tend to live longer than people who abstain from alcohol.
With the New Year coming up, sounds like blowing the dust off your drink mix guides and stocking up on some good vodka would be doing your part to help Uncle Stan and Aunt Ida live into their golden years.