Giving up alcohol may boost mental well-being

Giving up alcohol may boost mental well-being

By / Health / Tuesday, 09 July 2019 06:47

Women who quit alcohol may have an improved health-related quality of life, especially their mental well-being, according to a study unveiled on Monday.

"More evidence suggests caution in recommending moderate drinking as part of a healthy diet," said Michael Ni from the University of Hong Kong .

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, included 10,386 people from the FAMILY Cohort in Hong Kong who were nondrinkers or moderate drinkers between 2009 and 2013.

Moderate drinkers meant 14 drinks or less per week for men and seven drinks or less per week for women. The researchers compared their findings with data from a representative survey of 31,079 people conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the US.

About 64 per cent of men were nondrinkers and almost 88 per cent of women were nondrinkers.Men and women who were lifetime abstainers had the highest level of mental well-being at the start of the study .

For women who were moderate drinkers and quit drinking, quitting was linked to a favourable change in mental well-being in both Chinese and American study populations.

These results were apparent after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, body mass index, smoking status, and other factors.

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Hum Hindustani

Hum Hindustani

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