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Research Finds Flaws In Studies Showing Health Benefits Of Alcohol...

First Posted: 03/28/08 03:43 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 12:50 PM ET

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Most studies suggesting that moderate drinking staves off heart disease are flawed, an international team of researchers concluded in a report.

In the suspect studies, people who had cut back or quit drinking because they were ill, frail or on medication were counted as "abstainers," whose death rates were compared to that of drinkers, said the study released in San Francisco.

The comparisons indicated that those who knocked back up to four drinks a day tended to live longer than abstainers.

The mortality difference could have been due to the shabby health of those compelled to give up booze rather than health benefits of alcohol, according to a research team led by universities in San Francisco and Victoria, Canada.

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