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posted by n1 on Thursday August 28 2014, @06:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the starting-the-weekend-early dept.

An article by Stanton Peele makes the case that there is strong evidence that reasonable levels of drinking are healthy, and if fact beneficial to your health compared with abstinence.

For all levels of drinking, including the highest one, for both men and women, death rates did not reach those for abstainers.

[...] Of course, abstainers may not drink because they are already ill. Thus the meta-analysis relied on studies that eliminated subjects who are abstaining due to illness, or else contrast drinkers with lifetime abstainers.

There isn't a list of references in the article, but this study may be one of the supporting ones: Alcohol Dosing and Total Mortality in Men and Women: An Updated Meta-analysis of 34 Prospective Studies.

There are, no doubt, reasonable criticisms that can be made, but there does seem to be a case for saying that drinking some alcohol is beneficial.

Article also published in: Pacific Standard Magazine

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by frojack on Thursday August 28 2014, @07:22PM

    by frojack (1554) on Thursday August 28 2014, @07:22PM (#86878) Journal

    In spite of the American panic and alcohol-nazi propaganda, there is scant evidence that alcohol in moderation harms children.

    This will come as no shock to Italian or French parents who's children historically were allowed (small and often watered down) amounts of wine with evening meals for generations. As a child I remember having watered wine at a very early age on special occasions.

    There was a recent news article [foxnews.com] on this which point to research [eurekalert.org] which indicates "sipping" as children does not have any indicative value in predicting alcohol problems.

    The fact that the research and the news report had to use the term "sipping" to keep the alcohol-nazis away is pretty indicative of the power of this bunch of nanny-state busybodies.

    You just don't find this kind of hysteria in France [theguardian.com] and Italy [time.com].

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 28 2014, @07:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 28 2014, @07:35PM (#86887)

    One of the things that I like about living in Texas is that I may serve alcohol to my own kids. In public. With no legal worries. My kid is 14, can't stand beer, likes a few really sweet fruity or creamy drinks, but most of the time takes a sip and turns up his nose at alcohol.

    My parents raised me in a similar manner. I could have alcoholic drinks inside my own home. As a result, there was no mystique when I went to high school and friends wanted to go someplace and drink beer. It just didn't appeal to me and I think that kept me out of no small amount of trouble.

    Now, I'm described by this study. I have 1-2 drinks probably 4-5 days per week. I don't think it has affected me negatively in any way, and has probably provided some stress-reducing benefits!

  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday August 28 2014, @10:18PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday August 28 2014, @10:18PM (#86937)

    I don't know who this "We" is in the title that won't admit drinking is healthy...I've grown up hearing that a glass or two of wine a night is good for you my whole life (I'm 25). And my parents don't have more than that that I'm aware of.

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  • (Score: 2) by TGV on Friday August 29 2014, @05:39AM

    by TGV (2838) on Friday August 29 2014, @05:39AM (#87057)

    Alcohol-nazi? You should try to moderate.