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Are you ready for this?! You may want to put down that milk and pick up a beer!

A new 20 year study with more than 1800 people has concluded that people who DON’T drink alcohol are much more likely to die young.

This tightly controlled study looked at individuals who were between 55 and 65 years old, accounting for variables ranging from socio-economic status to levels of physical activity.

It found that mortality rates were the highest for individuals who didn’t drink at all, lower for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoy 1-3 drinks per day!

Of the 1824 participants in the study, 41% of the moderate drinkers died early, compared to 69% of non-drinkers and heavy drinkers in between at 60%.

The general conclusion was that strong social networks correlate with a longer lives and that alcohol lowers your chance of getting heart disease.

However, I’m not buying it.

I don’t think alcohol is the tipping point habit to help you live longer. There must be some other characteristic or determining factor that these non-drinkers have that caused such a huge gap in these results, like not handling stress well.

To say that someone cannot have fun, quality friendships, laughter and a healthy heart without drinking alcohol is insane. So, I think alcohol is really just a small piece of the puzzle.

What are your thoughts? Fill me in while I fill my cup, because one things for certain, this beer I’m about to drink, isn’t going to kill me.


P.S. Good timing for this post. Tomorrow is our first weekly photo contest called, “Where N the 852?” First person to name the location in the photo wins some delicious Australian cider!

“Where N the 852?” will be posted on our Facebook page at 12 noon on Saturdays. Good luck!!

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This entry was posted on February 7, 2014 by in Pollipops.

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