Drinking two glasses of wine a day 'improves quality of life'

Monique Lane
Monday, June 25, 2012
Drinking two glasses of wine a day 'improves quality of life'

A couple of drinks a day has been shown to improve quality of life, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine studied more than 5,000 subjects in Canada at the age of 50 and had them evaluate their overall happiness.

The results were then tracked over a period of time. Overall the participants who were "persistant moderate drinkers" reported the highest levels of quality of life.

Moderate drinking was defined as no more than three drinks a day for women and no more than four for men. Quality of life was measured by the Health Utilities index which examines emotions, cognition, dexterity and mobility.

Moderate drinkers in middle age showed higher levels in quality of life than those who didn't drink at all.

"Overall, this study shows a positive relation between regular moderate alcohol intake and quality of life in middle-aged adults," the authors wrote.

"The effects on the subsequent quality of life as one ages of continued alcohol consumption, or of decreasing intake, remain unclear."

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