Heavy boozers live longer than abstainers

A report in a respected medical journal claims that abstaining from alcohol means you’re likely to die sooner than really heavy boozers.

The journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research – which we get for purely academic purposes, says that those who are completely off the wagon will shuffle off their mortal coil faster than heavy drinkers.

The report suggests that people who don’t drink are from less wealthy castes because booze is expensive and they suffer more stress because of that.

The study, reporrted in Time magazine, followed 1,824 people over a period of 20 years, and concluded that during those two decades, death rates were highest for abstainers, second highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for so-called moderate drinkers.

During the period, 69 percent of abstainers died, 60 percent of heavy drinkers died, while only 41 percent of moderate drinkers expired. Most of those in the study were men. Apparently abstainers don’t have as much fun as drinkers and that makes them depressed.