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Moderate drinking found to be beneficial. Study reveals unexpected results. According to the old song, “a little of what you fancy does you good”. Results of a recently released study have shown that people who don’t drink at all are not always better off, health-wise. Taking alcohol for medicinal purposes can have positive effects.Medically beneficial The study carried out by the Institute of Neuro-medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) has revealed that anxiety and depression are less common amongst those who have an occasional glass or two.

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Moderate drinking found to be beneficial

Published on Friday, 28th August, 2009 at 20:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Study reveals unexpected results.

Two Chenin blanc wines in glasses
Two Chenin blanc wines in glasses
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According to the old song, “a little of what you fancy does you good”. Results of a recently released study have shown that people who don’t drink at all are not always better off, health-wise. Taking alcohol for medicinal purposes can have positive effects.

Medically beneficial

The study carried out by the Institute of Neuro-medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) has revealed that anxiety and depression are less common amongst those who have an occasional glass or two.

This has surprised researchers. According to forskning.no, the risk of becoming anxious or depressed is 30-50 percent higher amongst the teetotallers.

“The fact that the group of people that didn’t drink alcohol at all has such a noticeably higher rate of anxiety and depression surprised us,” Professor Eystein Stordal tells them.

Several explanations

Researchers scrutinised the results further, and began finding reasons.

“We found that approximately 14 percent of those who didn’t drink at all had been big drinkers previously....When we removed them from the statistics, we found that it lowered (this) relation,” said Stordal.

And it was worse for those who were taking medicines for a somatic illness so that they couldn’t drink at all.

“This type of illness increased the burden considerably, which can explain the increased tendencies towards anxiety and depression.”

Less tolerance

Having fewer friends and being excluded because of not drinking didn’t improve matters either.

“We see that this group has a worse social adaptability than others...In society, it’s generally the case that it’s more acceptable to drink than not when together with friends.”

38,000 participated in the study. 17.3 percent of those who abstained from drinking revealed they had anxiety, whilst 15.8 percent said they were depressed.



Published on Friday, 28th August, 2009 at 20:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: moderate, drinking, alcohol, two, glasses, depression, anxiety, beneficial, teetotaler.





  
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