Since time immemorial people have been warned about the negative impacts of alcohol intake and people are advised by psychologists and doctors against the adverse affects of drinking. But these are all concerned to binge drinking or alcoholics! A recent study has proved that occasional intake of alcohol increases your longevity. You heard it right, alcohol drinkers are going to live longer than teetotalers do!
According to the study conducted by Charles Holahan, a psychologist from the University of Texas (Austin) conducted a research about 69% of teetotalers died after 20 years despite their proper diet and lifestyle. The study was published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research Journal.
The study was conducted for 22 years on almost 2000 people aged between 55 to 65 years of age on three types of people- binge drinkers, moderate drinkers and teetotalers.
69% people who never drank and who had a healthy life died after 20 years, 60% of heavy drinkers died while 40% of the moderate drinkers lived on.
Some people who were recovering from binge drinking and few people who had a great social life died early than moderate drinkers.
Researchers who studied the people say that the secret to longevity lies in the peace of mind and not the lifestyle. Moderate drinkers who took part in the survey where more at peace than the people who never drank. There are few reasons why binge and moderate drinkers have a happy and healthy life-
1. Financial Stability- Alcohol is an expensive and luxury good. Some people may choose not to drink as a result of a financial instability instead of people who can afford that expensive pleasure.
2. Social Activity- Heavy or moderate drinkers are not isolated, they are involved in the social interactions maintaining the physical and mental health.
3. Feeling of Relaxation- Alcohol makes drinkers more relaxed since they forgot all of their problems nor even worry about what will come.
Nondrinkers show greater signs of depression than those who drink because drinkers are socially active and communicate well with other people.
The study concludes not glorifying drinking but advising people to be occasional drinkers alone and not heavy dependent on alcohol.