Only older women may benefit from moderate alcohol consumption

Another study is touting the health benefits of moderate drinking for older people, but with a catch. That may apply only to women, with no clear benefit to en, according to a study at University College, London.

The study analyzed the responses of the Health Survey for England from 53,000 people older than 50. Over the course of six to 10 years, 8,300 people in the Survey died. Hoping to analyze any correlation between moderate drinking and a longer life, the researchers separated participants into groups by sex and age, as well as taking into account other factors that might affect their life spans.

The researchers found that women 65 or older who drank moderately--five drinks a week--were 27 percent less likely to die during the study than women who didn't drink at all. But they also determined that drinking did not appear to help men over 65 or women between 50 and 64 to live longer lives.

Overall, the study, published in the journal BMJ, provides a note of caution to those who believe a nightly glass of wine will guarantee a longer life.

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Sourced from: LiveScience, Alcohol May Help Elderly Women, But Not Men, Live Longer