Have a drink and live longer

A little bit of drinking is good for you

It's true! Research has found that moderate alcohol drinkers are more likely to live longer than heavy drinkers and abstainers.

If you are a moderate drinker then you will have about one or two drinks per day. Reports recently published in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research determined that the health benefits of drinking alcohol among older individuals are "intrinsically linked to moderation".

The data that was gather during this testing was based on males and females between the age of 55 and 65. These people either used to drink or currently drank alcohol.

The results showed that abstainers often were former-problem drinkers. Another common factor was these people had health problems and health risk factors. More of the abstainers were heavy smokers and did less physical activity then the moderate drinkers group.

With a 20 year follow-up comparison on the heavy drinkers it was found that the mortality risk for this group was 42% higher then for moderate drinkers. Mortality risk for abstainers was 49% higher than moderate drinkers.

Bear in mind that consuming more than two drinks a day is exceeding the recommended alcohol consumption guide lines in the United States. Drinking that third and further drink is related to falling, a higher risk of alcohol abuse and can cause problems with medication.

When you apply for life insurance you will be asked about your alcohol intake. So overall, a drink or two a day is actually beneficial. Pass the wine…