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Wednesday, 01 September 2010

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One common theory as to why non-drinkers show to have higher mortality rates is given by widely known group, Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous would state that such results are due to the fact that many times, former alcoholics are placed into the non-drinker category. Many former alcoholics can experience serious health problems later in life due to past drinking, and this can skew research. In the case of this particular study, however, former alcoholics were excluded. With that theory thrown out the window, what are some possible reasons for such a high mortality rate amongst non-drinkers?

One reason could have to do with mental health and happiness. Many people see drinking as a social event that brings them together with friends, both old and new. The term “drinking buddies” explains this perfectly, and going out with others to express your feelings and become more socially open is healthy. Having a drink with coworkers after a long day is a good way to smooth things over. It's also something to look forward to, particularly on payday. Another reason could have to do with the normally high cost of drinking, especially at bars or clubs. Some believe that many non-drinkers come from lower socioeconomic classes who have less disposable income than others and typically have a higher stress level due to financial problems. While this theory is not necessarily universal, it could be seen as a possible factor.

Now, does this mean it's perfectly fine to go out and buy a bottle of whiskey every night since it “extends one's life span?” Absolutely not. Unless you have some mighty strong genes, doing so will increase your chances of possible cancer in your mouth or esophagus, as well as cirrhosis of the liver. There's also the unwanted dangers of drunk driving, memory loss, dependency, and much more.

Drinking, as with most other things in life, is best done in MODERATION. As the study found, moderate drinkers lasted the longest. Moderation is commonly listed as one to three drinks per day, and red wine is a recommended choice. Doing so allows one to interact in the social drinking lifestyle and is also said to help improve circulation and promote a healthier heart. Now, if you'll excuse me, I think it's time to go out and get a drink.

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