Drinking Alcohol and Longevity among Men

I. The Study.

Researchers studied drinking alcohol and longevity among men. Specifically, they examined the impact of drinking alcohol on all-cause mortality, total life expectancy, and non-disability life expectancy among men age 65 and older.

To do so, they used a nationally representative sample from the Chinese Healthy Longevity Survey. They then compared death risks among lifelong abstainers, former drinkers, and current drinkers.

II. The Findings: Alcohol and Longevity.

alcohol and longevityThe scientists found that current male drinkers had much lower risk of death than lifelong abstainers. After adjusting for socioeconomic levels, they found that the average man at age 65 lived 18.0 years longer. That compared to 16.3 for the average lifelong abstainer.

In regard to non-disability life expectancy, they found that for men at age 65, it was 16.1 for drinkers. However, it was only 14.2 years for lifelong abstainers.

These findings are consistent with other studies of drinking and longevity among both men and women.

III. Abstaining: A Health Risk.

alcohol and longevityAbstaining from alcohol is a health risk. Not drinking increases the risk of many health problems. These diseases are of special concern to older people. 

    • Strokes
    • Heart disease.
    • Osteoporosis
    • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Prostate cancer.
    • Parkinson’ disease.
    • Kidney cancer.

III. More about Alcohol and Longevity.

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IV. Resources: Alcohol and Longevity

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