- A new study contradicts previous findings that link moderate alcohol consumption to health benefits and a longer life.
- The researchers found that those who abstain from alcohol may have a higher mortality rate because of risky behaviors in which they engaged earlier in life.
- The study also shows that people who abstain from alcohol and who have no other risk factors, such as smoking or poor self-reported health, are not statistically more likely to die at an early age than those with low to moderate alcohol intake.
Some recent studies have linked moderate alcohol consumption to health benefits, such as
However, results of a new study from the University of Greifswald in Germany contradict the idea of drinking alcohol to protect health.
The study appears in the journal PLOS Medicine.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in 2019,
The NIAAA also reports that 14.5 million people in the U.S. aged 12 years or older are living with alcohol use disorder (AUD). According to the
The NIAAA also notes that about 95,000 people in the U.S. die each year from alcohol-related causes. This makes alcohol the third largest preventable cause of death in the country.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich John and his team believe their research shows that the lower life expectancy for those who do not drink alcohol compared with those who do can be due