Alcohol Consumption, Two Drinks A Day, Does Not Increase Longevity

From McKnight's Long Term Care news:

It's last call for those who think two drinks a day can stave off functional decline in old age. New research suggests that it's lifestyle, not liquor, that really helps to determine how we age.

Over the course of a six-and-a-half-year study, researchers at the University of Ferrara, Italy, followed more than 3,000 seniors aged 70-79 to determine the relationship between alcohol intake and health outcomes. They discovered that, while initial results appeared to support the two-drink-a-day standard, lifestyle issues ultimately played a more important role. When statistical adjustments were made to account for lifestyle characteristics—being physical activity, body weight, education, income, etc–the relationship between moderate alcohol intake and reduced risk of functional decline diminished significantly. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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