Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Drinking is Good for You

I found this article in Slate interesting. The test looked at 4 factors that might affect lifespan, smoking, fruit and vegetable consumption, and alcohol consumption. All other factors being equal, those who drank moderately, 1-2 drinks a day, had longer lifespans.

If I'm reading this passage correctly, "People who score in the one-, two-, and three-point range are at intermediate mortality risk, directly proportional to their scores," then moderate alcohol consumption is just as important a factor in determining lifespan as smoking, healthy eating, and exercise.

Of course, this study doesn't seem to include a measurement of quality of life. If you are a smoker and decide to take up casual drinking in order to counteract that you may live longer but be more uncomfortable in your old age. Still, it's interesting to see a study like this. Along with the recent reconsideration of the recommended low-fat high-carb diet that has been going on, this study seems to indicate that some of our societal assumptions about health may be unfounded. That extra piece of toast may be much worse for you than that glass of wine with dinner.


Little Earl said...

Nice photo.

yoggoth said...

It looks like a final project from someone's photography class.

Little Earl said...

Yeah, where did you find it?