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From Time this morning:
… a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that – for reasons that aren’t entirely clear – abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one’s risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.
Moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies.
Some of us have known this, however unscientifically, since our early twenties. But it’s nice to see the puritanical/nanny impulse in our society butt up against inconvenient facts…. I’m sure it will be just another decade or so before somebody finds “CFLs Found More Harmful to Environment than Iridescent Bulbs.” How many times do the know-it-alls have to be reminded — there are way too many things we just don’t know??