Study claims people who drink alcohol live longer

As Malawi moves towards restricting alcohol consumption among its citizens largely due to health risks, a study by the US professor of Psychology at University of Texas found that moderate drinking, about one to two drinks per day, reduces mortality among older and middle-aged adults.

Beer party: Malawi cops drink up  for a longer life.

Beer party: Malawi cops drink up for a longer life.

This contradicts a 2009 survey by the World Health Organization on Non Communicable Diseases, and its risk factors that showed that 20 percent of all Malawians consume alcohol.

In a study Charles Holahan , professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, and a team of researechers found the health benefits of drinking among older adults are intrinsically linked to moderation.

Using data gathered from a larger study of late-life patterns of drinking, the researchers followed 1,824 older adults (1,142 men, 682 women) between the ages of 55 and 65 who were former or current drinkers for 20 years.

The information collected included: daily alcohol consumption, socio-demographic factors, former problem-drinking status, health factors and social behavioral factors.

Findings show a substantial part of the survival effect for moderate drinking among older adults is explained by confounding factors associated with alcohol abstention.

Compared to moderate drinkers, abstainers in the study sample included many former problem drinkers and individuals with more health problems and health risk factors (such as lower physical activity and more cigarette smoking) compared to moderate drinkers.

The researchers also found those who drank moderately were more likely to live longer across a 20-year follow-up than those who drank heavily or who didn’t drink at all.

The findings showed increases in mortality risk of 42 percent for heavy drinkers and 49 percent for abstainers in comparison to moderate drinkers.

Health experts say alcohol abuse causes significant public health problems.

Dr Beatrice Mwagomba, the Program Officer for the NCDs and Mental Health in the Ministry of Health said:  “There [are]…major non communicable diseases [like] diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular diseases in general, respiratory diseases as well as cancers”.

She said these include liver cancer and esophagus cancer or cancer of the throat and there is evidence that alcohol does impact of these three major non communicable diseases.

But the study claims that people who never consume alcohol are more likely to die sooner than those who drink regularly. That means non-drinkers may be able to extend their livelihood by staying active and going out with friends—even if they just knock back a water or two.

Red wine is still touted for its heart health and overall blood circulation benefits, but the study did not look into the particulars of different types of alcohol consumed by individuals.

All in all, health experts say everyone has responsibility for their own health.

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41 thoughts on “Study claims people who drink alcohol live longer”

  1. makwinjaishmael says:

    Ndakana Uchidakwa inee….. Komweko ku Tekisasiko ndi malisechi anuo.

  2. Vakabu ya amphawi. says:

    1 Timoth 3 vs 8 Church helpers must also have a good character and be sincere; they must not drink too much wine. 1 Timothy 5 vs23 Do not drink water only, but take a little wine to help your digestion, since you are ill so often. The study is about those who take little alcohol not heavy drinkers. Even the bible allows us to drink a little. The scripture says do not drink too much wine.

  3. Phwiti says:

    Dont drink and drive

  4. Phwiti says:

    Proverbs 31 vs 7
    let hm drunk and forget his porverty

  5. MALAWIAN BOI says:

    Shaaa apa ndie basi tamwanso ndithu kaya mudananazo kma ife takondwera

  6. Nsendekere says:

    What is the possibility of people being moderate drinkers? Very small. Many who drink indicate they enjoy booze more when drunk. Those who conducted this research are themselves probably drinkers and want to portray their habit as good

  7. nyavizwazwa says:

    Totolitotoli you very right, that is a sales research so that their product should be bought with many while spoiling live. very bad.

    Leave the mzunguyo for the Americans not Malawians. If any thing has to talk of other things not beers

  8. Kwatha says:

    Tamwanso asafune akhale muzingofa ndi ma BP ndi suicide kukhalira kukangana ndi akazanu mmakomo mmalo momakacheza for GOOD STRESSLESS LIFE!

  9. Wakumalawi says:

    Zabodza izi azungu omweo kwao kuno amati you are more likely to have health problems if you drink alcohol than those who’s doesn’t another research amapamga iyiyo analedzera

  10. Mwanna says:

    These are findings of a research, what is your problem Mr Bishop.

  11. Totolitotoli says:

    Its better to die early than to be an alcoholist.some reaserch are done with a hidden interest and agenda to sell more their illicit drinks.Take care!”phukusi la moyo sakusungira wina”chingerezi chake “a life bag is always kept by the beholder”

  12. Bishop says:

    Devilish orchestration- Beware of this viper! Stay away from the drink, stay clean and receive Jesus as your personal saviour.

  13. Muyande says:

    There is truth in the “Research”! But not,Satchets!

  14. Pillar says:

    Alcohol is bad. The researcher should be a drunkard. Dont fool us to follow your ways. Thats the tactics of the devil

  15. Ndondocha says:

    Alcohol is bad for your health there is not a single benefit from alcohol all it does is make you poorer , sick and unproductive to hell with whosoever takes pride in Alcoholism Fuck you all

  16. Kwangwagwa says:

    All who were involved in this research are drunkards. They already had a premeditated answer to their null hypothesis. Foolish fools!

  17. Og. says:

    Classified otherwise. Zero for this so called hero (proffesor)

  18. Sydney says:

    Psalms 20:1 say,”drinking makes u loud and foolish.” what is it then they are talking abt? 1 corinthians 6:9-10 totally says,”drunkards will nt possess the kingdom of God. Watch out these are jst SIGNS OF THE END

  19. Martin says:

    This will work to those who drink responsibly not every drunkard. Moyo ndi wako usova!

  20. Chindere Cha Professor

  21. Mwina life yake inali yachizungu yokhayokha.reseachyi siyowona tiyeni a Malawi tisamangokhulupilira chilichonse chobwera ndi mzungu ayi, Iye mzungu kwake ndikusocheretsa ndipo safuna munthu wakuda kuti akalandire chipulumutso patsiku lomaliza.

  22. ineyooo says:

    kma apa nde ndiusasulatu asafuna asiye thats briliant research kip t up

  23. Winyo says:

    Hehehhehehehehehe!!! Ine ndikunva kukoma mnthupimu hehehehhe…A toast to Alcohol..A toast to long life…Tumwe tumwe…Teamdrunks

  24. Banet says:

    Drink beer save water

  25. Sunga says:

    Instead of promoting good, useful, natural things like hemp(Chamba), these Whites promoie zinthu zakupha ngati beer.Shame on u Babylon.

  26. Bob says:

    Good research and advise to stupid sober fools, pint siyolakwika agalu inu.

  27. ah i doubt talk about something else but not alcohol,only God can garantee us a longer life!

  28. Ex Drunkard says:

    Drink sachets and coupled with poor diet?That’s the fastest passport to the early grave yard.Alot of young men have gone in Malawi because of this cheap liquor so called sachets looking for false happiness.

  29. inno says:

    Its a psychology professor……why not a bio professor

  30. ndendeuli says:


  31. Funso says:

    On balance, the world would be better without alcohol despite what this study may have found.

  32. ujeni says:

    If you drink alcohol you risk lever damage or prune to lever cancer.

  33. PA MALAWI says:

    Osangoti ndalama mulibe bwanji,mwabele bwino opusawo zautsilu zokonda mowazo mukufuna dziko lino likhale “abiti mowa lawi” zimwani muzifera panseu popeza mpolambula kale.

  34. Shekman says:

    Zikuoneka Zomveka Lets Look Around Our Hoods Or Villages U Wil Note That Zimwamowa Zambiri Zidakali Komano Amene Akufa Ambiri Ndi Ngozi Ngati Za Galmoto, Kumenyedwa Or Kubaidwa, Kugwela Mmadzi Then Ndi Aids Osati Matenda Ena Awambawa Iyayi (Eeh But Malaria Against Beer Danger My Friends U Wil Go Faster I Lost My Frend Of MHC ankangoona ngati hangover)

  35. dalitso says:

    There are many factors the professor has used to come up with such research. Geographical area and cultural understanding of what is moderate are some crucial factors. I am currently a psychology student and I am aware of how much more drinking beer can harm especially in our cultural understanding of moderate. Our friends, moderate can be a can of beer to maximum two and that is how they have been raised to understand.Unless our cultural beliefs can match of that community where the study was conducted, otherwise that research does not apply to us Malawians.

  36. gig says:

    Vawuchindele, rubbish bodza basi

  37. This sounds interesting, but not excessive beer drinking and not spirits.

  38. Tembusha says:

    You see, this is what Peter Mutharika was talking about! Ma lekcha a pa Nyasaland mudzipanga maliseche and come up with sweet findings like these!

    Ife tikuvomerezana ndi kafukufuku ameneyu! Mowa ndi wabwino!

  39. Ah bodza…mwasowa cholemba

  40. teetotaler says:

    What type and what is moderation? What size is the botgle and how much is alcohol content in it? This what happens when big people that own breweries sponsor research projects. The call it partnership with the private sector. Kuuuutiko?

  41. Joseph says:

    Chabwino, imwani kachasuyo tikuwonereni

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