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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: 5, Interesting) by tathra on Thursday August 28 2014, @08:34PM

    by tathra (3367) on Thursday August 28 2014, @08:34PM (#86905)

    Marijuana is bad for you and a reefer today locks you into Heroin tomorrow.

    that one doesn't really belong because all drugs (except the white man's drug, alcohol) were criminalized due to racism* [io9.com] and little else. the science on pretty much all drugs shows lots of benefits and very few negatives, but there wasn't even any flimsy evidence used in banning them, just outright racism.

    * yeah, the link is only about marijuana's criminalization, but if you care to research it you'll see its true for all the rest as well.

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  • (Score: 1) by Jesus_666 on Friday August 29 2014, @11:52AM

    by Jesus_666 (3044) on Friday August 29 2014, @11:52AM (#87148)
    Well, that and Hearst trying to protect his investments in certain industries like cotton and timber (IIRC). Never underestimate the power of a media mogul, especially when his money is at stake.