Wine Drinkers May Live 4 Years Longer

CBS News reports on an extensive 40-year Dutch study showing that men who drink about half a glass of wine a day over decades may outlive teetotalers by four years on average.

Streppel and colleagues studied data on 1,373 men living in the Dutch town of Zutphen.  The men were followed from 1960 (when they were 40-60 years old), until death or June 2000, whichever came first. During that time, the men completed up to seven surveys about their drinking habits.

Men who drank any type of alcohol, in moderate amounts, tended to live longer, and the wine drinkers lived longest of all.

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