In a rather eye opening study, researchers at the University of Boston School of Medicine have found that individuals who drink moderately maintain a higher quality of life than those who have sworn off the booze altogether. I’ll tell you when I first read that I initially confused a higher quality of life with a higher standard of living, and of course those are two totally different things. One means owning fancier things than others and the other relates to one’s health, and it is the last one that the researchers are referring to.
We have often, if not always, been told that alcohol is bad, and drinking it can lead to bad things. However, those warnings were typically directed at us when we were younger, and they were warning against the dangers of binge drinking (drinking to get drunk) and/or habitual drinking (drinking heavily and regularly) well this study has to do with the so called moderate drinkers. A moderate drinker is someone who may have no more than 3 drinks a day for women or no more than 4 drinks a day for men. Now I think it is safe to say that many of us have heard that moderate consumption of alcohol has shown to lower blood pressure, reducing one’s chance of a stroke or a heart attack, and that data is still believed to be true. This study differs in that it focuses on the earlier mentioned “quality of life.”
The research was conducted on 5,404 Canadians at the age of 50 and they were followed for an undisclosed period of time. According to the results from this study the researchers found that those subjects who drank in moderation (as defined above) showed better results in dexterity, emotion, cognition and mobility than the subjects who didn’t drink at all. However the researchers found that subjects over the age of 50 showed similar qualities of life (dexterity, emotion, cognition and mobility) in all groups, in other words moderate alcohol consumption had no discernible benefits over those who didn’t drink. I think I might go buy a bottle of wine tonight and improve my cognitive abilities; I mean I better take advantage of its benefits before I get too old for those benefits to exist anymore.