Thursday, January 13, 2011

Set 'em Up, Barkeep!

We all know what a terrible scourge alcoholism can be, and what its cost to society is in terms of ruined health, broken families, and deaths from alcohol-related accidents. For all that, though, the social imbibing of alcohol is an integral part of most societies. The workingman's beer and the executive's cocktail aid relaxation at the end of a long day, and a nice glass of the right wine can make even a simple dinner a more pleasant experience. For yours truly, a nice gin and tonic is a gift of the gods of summer.

So, we have this love-hate relationship with good old C2H5OH. We know how dangerous it can be, but we love it anyway.

And a new study seems to indicate that abstaining from alcohol can be hazardous to your health ... I call your attention to this fascinating short article from the Mother Nature Network - Study: Abstaining from Alcohol Significantly Shortens Life.

According to the article, a rigorous 20-year study of 1,824 persons between 55 and 65 revealed that only 41 percent of the moderate drinkers died compared to 69 percent of the nondrinkers, once economic, social, other environmental factors had been controlled. The study seemed to show conclusively that, in spite of the increased risk of accidents and impaired judgment associated with heavy drinking, the danger of alcohol addiction, and increased susceptibility to various cancers and diseases associated with alcoholism, those who drink alcohol in moderation are simply less likely to die than people who don't.

The article goes on to suggest that ...

A possible explanation for this is that alcohol can be a great social lubricant, and strong social networks are essential for maintaining mental and physical health. Nondrinkers have been shown to demonstrate greater signs of depression than their carousing counterparts, and in addition to the potential heart health and circulation benefits of moderate drinking (especially red wine), it also increases sociability.

I'll drink to that. Responsibly, of course.

Have a good day. Here's mud in your eye!

More thoughts tomorrow.



The Mistress of the Dark said...

Time for a beer...wait...its only 9:30 a.m.

Phfrankie Bondo said...


Mike said...

NOW it's time for a beer.

KathyA said...

So timely! Today I went out to lunch and did something I almost never do...I ordered a gin and tonic. Just love that Bombay Sapphire!