A new study from The Cancer Research Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, reports that light to moderate drinkers show
an overall lower risk of dying as compared to abstainers. Writing
in the scientific journal, Epidemiology, researcher Gentraud Maskarinec and colleagues note that:
"men and women with low alcohol intake (1-7 drinks per week) experienced
a 20% reduction in total mortality."
The researchers found favourable effects for Caucasian, Asian
and Hawaiian men, although they state that "the possible protective
levels of alcohol for women and Asian men appear to be lower than
for Caucasian men." It is important to note that this cohort included
members of all ethnic groups of Hawaii, recruited by The Hawaii Department of Health, with more than two-thirds of the study participants of Asian
or Hawaiian descent.