Researchers from the Boston University School of Medecine have carried out a study over 14 years to monitor the health of 5,404 participants in their middle ages. They measured wellbeing with a health utilities index, that took in factors such as emotion, cognition and mobility.
The results suggest that people who drink in moderation enjoy a better quality of life, while those who reduce their intake in their 40’s and 50’s suffer a rapid decline. The research showed that both men and women aged 50 who consumed up to 14 drinks per week achieved better health scores than those who abstained.
The researchers said, “This study shows a positive relation between regular moderate alcohol intake and quality of life.”