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Moderate Drinking Enhances Successful Aging In Middle-aged Women


A new study connecting moderate drinking and the health of women is out and the New York Times has the story.  "Middle-aged women who have an alcoholic drink every day may increase their chances of enjoying health in their old age, according to a new report."


The study is published in the September Issue of PLoS Medicine and provides the following conclusion:

"These data suggest that regular, moderate consumption of alcohol at midlife may be related to a modest increase in overall health status among women who survive to older ages."


Overall health status was determined by successful ageing as meeting all four of the following criteria:


(1) no history of cancer (except nonmelanoma skin cancer), diabetes, myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft surgery or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, congestive heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;


(2) no impairment of cognitive function 


(3) no [abnormal or unexpected] physical limitations 


(4) good mental health status



This is further support for moderate drinking (less than 15 grams of ethanol per day -  a can of beer or a small glass of wine).


C'mon ladies, bottoms up! 


- PLoS Medicine