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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: 4, Insightful) by e_armadillo on Thursday August 28 2014, @08:08PM

    by e_armadillo (3695) on Thursday August 28 2014, @08:08PM (#86902)

    Note, I didn't read TFA, don't really care to. Not being able to control her drinking killed my mother, and since I saw the same tendencies in myself, I quit almost 10 years ago. That said, I don't believe that nobody should drink, just not me. If that means I will check out a little earlier, so be it.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by fliptop on Friday August 29 2014, @02:01AM

    by fliptop (1666) on Friday August 29 2014, @02:01AM (#87008) Journal

    I quit almost 10 years ago

    Right there w/ ya bro, this month marks 12 years for me. Sorry about your mom.

    My reason for quitting? Came home from OzzFest w/ a hangover that lasted days. Figured I wasn't 18 anymore and that was it. Always the designated driver since, which is fine w/ me.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29 2014, @10:51AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29 2014, @10:51AM (#87119)

      I'm much the same.

      I found that I couldn't drink in moderation, so I stopped. Moderation, for me, means fewer than five drinks.

      I was playing the Assassin's Creed 2 series while drinking a bottle of Bailey's every night.