This American study is sure to surprise a few of you! According to researchers from the University of Texas, people who never drink alcohol die younger than those who do.
Don’t let this study stop you from doing (or drinking) what you like! We all know that drinking alcohol isn’t exactly good for you. It needs to be consumed in moderation and we can’t stress that enough.
However, the results of this study have recently called this well-known saying into question. American researchers from the University of Texas have proven that people who never drink alcohol die at a younger age than those who do drink in moderation.
How did they reach this conclusion? The study was carried out over a period of twenty years with 1,824 participants. Of this group, some people didn’t drink at all, and some drank in moderation. Over this 20-year period, 69% of those who never drank alcohol died younger than the others, whereas, of the participants who did drink, only 41% of them died.
Does that mean that we can conclude that you need to drink alcohol to live longer? Not exactly.
The secret to a higher life expectancy lies in just how much importance you put on your social life. Occasional drinkers were found to have a more active social life than those who didn’t drink at all and because of this, we can conclude that alcohol plays a role in the way we socialise. But there’s nothing to say you can’t join your friends for a few mocktails (cocktails without alcohol) and other non-alcoholic treats.
And at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you do with your friends as long as you’re being sociable.
Therefore, the important thing to take away from this study is that you shouldn’t keep to yourself but should instead keep yourself surrounded by others. That is the key to a long life! For more information, check out the video above.