Calling all college students! A new study shows that regular drinkers live longer than those who never drink alcohol. Yes, we are telling you that you should be drinking on the reg (like this was an issue). Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.


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Before you run out to your local liquor store or set up tent outside of your favorite bar until it opens for the day, let’s get dem facts. The 20-year study was led by psychologist Charles Holanhan of the University of Texas at Austin, and looked at 1,824 individuals between ages 55 and 65. All variables from socioeconomic status to level of physical activity were accounted for.

The study found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a drink, lower for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoyed one to three drinks per day. Of the study participants, only 41% of the moderate drinkers died prematurely compared to 69% of the nondrinkers. Heavy drinkers had a 60% mortality rate which is still a solid 9% less than those who abstained. Bottoms up!


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Although those who drink have been proven to live longer, they did experience increased risks for cirrhosis, several types of cancer, dependency, accidents and poor judgment associated with heavy drinking. However, nondrinkers have been shown to demonstrate greater signs of depression than their drinking friends. Moderate drinking (especially red wine) increase heart health and circulation as well as sociability.

As usual, we urge you to drink responsibly, but we think this news calls for a celebration. We’ll see you at Roy’s.

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