Study suggests abstaining from alcohol shortens lifespan

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A new study shows that people who regularly imbibe alcohol are less likely to die young than people who never drink. 

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The Mother Nature Network reports the study looked at individuals ages 55 and 65 over a 20-year period. Of the 1,824 study participants, only 41% of the moderate drinkers died prematurely compared with 69% of the nondrinkers. 

The study is surprising, based on the increased health risks for cirrhosis and cancer for those who drink heavily. A possible explanation is that alcohol is central in many social situations and can help build bigger social networks.

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