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Moderate drinkers healthier than those who stay teetotal

Published on 20/05/2010
Those who drink moderately tend to be healthier than both heavy drinkers and people who do not drink at all, it has been found.

According to a new study, adults who enjoy the equivalent of between one and three glasses of wine a day have lower rates of heart disease, obesity and depression.

However, the researchers who carried out the study believe this may be down to socio-economic factors rather than inherent health-giving properties in wine or other alcohol.

They found that those who control their levels of drinking often have better jobs, suffer less stress and exercise more.

"There is no reason to think that alcohol consumption augments one's social or professional standing. What we see, in fact, is that people who drink moderately are people who, at the same time, lead healthier lives," explained Boris Hansel of the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, who led the research.

The medical records of some 150,000 people from the Paris area were examined over a six-year period for the study.

It has been thought for several years that red wine and some other alcoholic drinks may protect against cardiovascular disease. Some studies suggest this is down to chemicals known as polyphenols that are particularly prevalent in the beverage.
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