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09.2007

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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KEEPING the DOCTOR AWAY

RUNNING A FEW MILES may help you to feel refreshed and invigorated but having an occasional relaxing glass of wine might make you feel just as good. A new study finds that moderate drinkers feel better about their personal health than abstainers, light drinkers or heavy drinkers. HealthDay News recently reported that researcher Michael French and colleagues at the University of Miami reviewed US Census Bureau data on more than 31,OOO adults and found that male moderate drinkers were 1.27 times more likely to report above-average health than lifetime abstainers or former light drinkers. Also, women who drank in moderation were more than twice as likely to report above-average health as abstainers. Moderate drinking was defined as consuming 4 to 14 drinks weekly for men and 4 to 7 drinks per week for women. The study appeared in the July/August edition of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Just another reason to keep the wine fridge stocked.

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