Heavy drinkers outlive nondrinkers
Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:59 PM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:54 AM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:00 PM
I'm not sure. This wasn't a survey, and seems to be a more thorough study. To quote the article:
Ben Goldacre's not quite commenting on the same survey here, but I bet a good few of his observations are also valid.
But even after controlling for nearly all imaginable variables - socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support and so on - the researchers (a six-member team led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin) found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who had never been drinkers, second-highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.
Edited by Ryan H., 02 September 2010 - 04:01 PM.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:20 AM
Posted 01 November 2010 - 09:40 AM
I dunno. Ranking alcohol high because it's so widely used seems bogus. You could just as easily turn it around and emphasize how innocuous it is, because look at all the people who use it safely on a regular basis, compared to the much smaller number of people who use heroin on a regular basis while remaining functional in their lives.
Alcohol is more lethal than heroin.
FWIW, the headline is fairly misleading, but it's still an interesting study.
Posted 01 November 2010 - 10:52 AM
Does alcohol command more health care resources than heroin? It seems that is the case by a pretty big margin. This makes it an inherently more dangerous substance from a public health perspective. It endangers more people in general.
As health care in the US turns away from privatized, individual-oriented care to more generalized federal models, this kind of epidemiology is going to become more prevalent. UK media, for example, is directly responsible for the proliferation of all this home remodeling, possession auctioning, weight losing reality TV that has become popular in the US. Why? Because when the population is always being confronted with ways to keep their bodies and homes cleaner, NHS health care costs go down.
I don't think this is a bad thing. Leviticus 13 has the same cultural effect.