BENEFITS OF MODERATION BEGIN IN EARLY ADULTHOOD

A new study has found that among young adults, moderate drinkers experience lower levels of poor general health, long-term illness, and psychological distress when compared to abstainers and heavy drinkers. Published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, the study examined nearly 10,000 men and women at age 23 and again at age 33.

While the association of moderate alcohol consumption with health benefits has long been well documented among middle-aged and older adults, this study is one of the first to study the relationship among young adults. The researchers plan to follow the progress of these subjects as they progress through the life cycle.


Reference:

  • Power, C., et al. U-shaped relation for alcohol consumption and health in early adulthood and implications for mortality. The Lancet, 1998, 352, 9131.

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