We know that moderate alcohol intake can protect us from heart problems but now researchers say it also prolongs life. A study at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, has tracked a number of men over forty years.
Results showed that just over a third were less likely to have had heart problems, or died during the study. On average it seems moderate drinkers - I repeat, moderate - live 3.8 years longer. As usual, wine offers better protection than beer and spirits.
Thought to prevent blood clots and raise levels of ‘good’ cholesterol, the health benefits of alcohol have been suspected for decades, but only recently has it been reported in the media. Is it a case that, only when the evidence became over-whelming, did health evangelists deem us intelligent enough for this information?
© Anthony North, March 2007