To drink or not to drink ... drink, apparently

Linky thing pointing to article claiming that drinking is correlated with living longer and being entertaining whilst at it:

New research from America suggests that drinkers - even heavy ones - live longer than teetotallers.
A survey of more than 1,800 people by researchers at the University of Texas found that, over a 20-year period, mortality rates were significantly lower among those who drank than for those who did not touch liquor. Even heavy drinkers - those imbibing four or more drinks a day - outlived those who did not partake at all.


Published in the snappily-titled journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the results appear to show that drinking helps you live longer. However the authors have shied away from making such a sweeping statement. They point out that boozing has its drawbacks, including mental impairment, the possibility of accidental injury, and addiction - not to mention the increased possibility of acting like a fool.

Drinkers tend to have a more active social life, which is said to be good for mental health, while abstainers run a greater risk of depression.
However, there might have been a serious downside to this that may make one curse and abjure the very day alcohol was discovered:

Gordon Brown may have done Tony Blair a favour by driving him to drink.

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