A new study found that women who have two drinks per day are healthy and free of major chronic diseases later in life due to moderate consumption.
Moderate consumption is equal to 15-30 grams daily, or the equivalent of one to two drinks. They call it “successful aging.”
“I think it’s important to look at this issue of whether having a few drinks a day in mid-life impacts health as you get older,” stated Dr. Qi Sun of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard medical school.
This study was based on an analysis of data from the U.S. Nurses’ Health Study. It is one of the largest and longest running trials of its kind. It began in 1976, with more than 121,000 nurses ages 30 to 55, who have been followed every two years.
Sun and team looked at nearly 14,000 nurses who survived until at least age 70. They examined how much the women reported drinking while they were in their late 50s. They concluded that drinking 15 to 30 grams of alcohol a day in mid-life was associated with a 26 per cent increase in survival odds over non-drinkers. Women who drank in moderation regularly had higher odds of living to at least age 70.
Smoking, weight, physical activity and other factors were also taken into account. “Successful survival” was defined as being free of 11 major chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s disease. “They also have to be free of any major cognitive impairment, free of any major physical limitations and also have good mental health,” Sun stated.