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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, Funny) by c0lo on Thursday August 28 2014, @10:30PM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 28 2014, @10:30PM (#86943) Journal

    Throw in a religious element and things get even worse.

    You'll never see me eating a Bible.

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  • (Score: 2, Flamebait) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Friday August 29 2014, @09:52AM

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Friday August 29 2014, @09:52AM (#87109) Journal

    Eating it is probably healthier for you than reading it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29 2014, @02:18PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29 2014, @02:18PM (#87203)
      My mind can certainly cope with its contents better than my stomach can cope with eating a book.

      Perhaps you should become one of those Dawkin atheists and gain a healthy independent mind. ;)