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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, Funny) by hemocyanin on Friday August 29 2014, @12:10AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Friday August 29 2014, @12:10AM (#86987) Journal

    Stop making excuses. You can some cheapo vodka for $10/750ml. At 45 ml/shot, that's 16.667 shots -- lets call it 16 for the occasional spillage. That's 63 cents per shot. Call it $2.50 for four shots which should take no more than four minutes if you are lazy about it.

    Anyone who can't spare four minutes of time and $2.50 -- has so many problems they need a drink!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29 2014, @10:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29 2014, @10:48AM (#87118)

    I presently earn less than groceries for two people costs. Think I can afford it?