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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 Ethanol-fueled on Thursday August 28 2014, @09:21PM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday August 28 2014, @09:21PM (#86923) Homepage

    That's just...sad. Anybody who makes drinking a centerpiece of their social life, or any aspect of their life for that matter is using it as a crutch because they are too weak to face reality as nature intended.

    And even worse is your attempt at peer pressure, like a billboard or commercial you put great effort into convincing others that becoming intoxicated is somehow "cool," and a sign of self-actualization and worldly knowledge.

    Well, it's not. Puking your guts out with your knees wallowing in your own misfired piss, waking up with a sledgehammer headache and a mouth so dry that the roof of it feels like sandpaper, all after waking up naked and finding your shit-stained underwear next to you on the floor and the herpectic juices of a ten-dollar prostitute wafting their stench right into your nostrils. And furthermore, the damage to Ba HA HAAAAAAA!

    FUCK YEAH! LET'S GET FUCKING WASTED AND FUCK WITH THE LAMENESS BOT ALL NIGHT!

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  • (Score: 2) by tynin on Thursday August 28 2014, @09:47PM

    by tynin (2013) on Thursday August 28 2014, @09:47PM (#86927) Journal

    LOL.

    I like to think that I'm much more mature now. I keep my toilet bowl clean so I can vomit in comfort!

    Happy Friday Eve!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 28 2014, @09:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 28 2014, @09:54PM (#86929)
  • (Score: 2) by gringer on Friday August 29 2014, @05:51AM

    by gringer (962) on Friday August 29 2014, @05:51AM (#87060)

    FUCK YEAH! LET'S GET FUCKING WASTED AND FUCK WITH THE LAMENESS BOT ALL NIGHT!

    I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO KNOW IF A POST CAN NOW BE IN ALL CAPS WITHOUT TRIGGERING LAMENESS.

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    • (Score: 2) by mtrycz on Friday August 29 2014, @08:53AM

      by mtrycz (60) on Friday August 29 2014, @08:53AM (#87098)

      It happens at times, when it's fueled with ethanol.

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