Quitting alcohol may improve mental well-being, health-related quality of life

Henrietta Strickland
July 9, 2019

Participants were a mix of non-drinkers or moderate drinkers ― defined as 14 drinks or less per week for men and 7 drinks or less per week for women ― who were followed for up to a four-year period between 2009 and 2013.

Recent study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows that drinking occasionally can extend the life of older adults.

The mean age of participants in the FAMILY Cohort was 49 years and 56 per cent were women. About 64% of males were nondrinkers (abstainers and former drinkers), and nearly 88% of women were nondrinkers.

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"It is possible that alcohol cessation may reduce stressful life events, such as conflict within family, difficulties in employment and legal troubles, resulting in improved mental well-being", Yao said by email.

There are also issues surrounding the hyperlink between alcohol consumption and mental health.

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.

For women, quitting drinking may be linked to a significant improvement in mental health, according to a study published online this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"Abstinence from alcohol is mandatory for a healthier brain and liver, a stronger immune system and heart, especially in women as alcohol effects are more harmfully serious on women, considering their metabolism and estrogen levels", Kumar told IANS. They also found that people who had to stop drinking experienced a boost in mental well-being.

While clinical guidelines in the USA and Canada are careful to avoid recommending that patients start drinking alcohol as a way to become healthier, it's not uncommon for doctors to make this suggestion to patients, said Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria.

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