Now, here’s some cheering news for those fond of the occasional tipple. A team of Dutch researchers says that drinking a little alcohol every day, especially wine, may be associated with an increase in life expectancy. The researchers, who reported the finding of their study at the American Heart Association’s 47th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, said that long-term, light alcohol intake of less than, or equal to, 20gm per day (one glass of alcoholic beverage contains 10gm of alcohol), compared to no alcohol intake, was associated with a 36% lower relative risk of death from other causes and a 34% lower relative risk of cardiovascular death.
When the researchers looked independently at long-term light consumption of wine, the associated risk reduction was greater. Participants who drank half–a– glass, or 1.5 ounces, of wine per day on an average, over a long period, had a 40% lower rate of death from other causes and 48% lower incidence of cardiovascular death, compared to the non-wine drinkers.
Furthermore, red-wine consumption may have an additional health benefit, the Dutch researchers reported. Despite the findings, the researchers were quick to stress that non-drinkers should not start drinking alcohol in order to lower risks of cardiovascular disorders as alcohol consumption is potentially addictive!