There are many random factors that affect the life expectancy of a person. And, undoubtedly, there are many factors that directly depend on our actions and, considering which, we can provide conditions for not only a happier, but also for a longer life. The most important of these is health. Do not undermine it – we live longer, everything is simple. And bad habits are an even more destructive thing to health, much more destructive than, for example, bad ecology and others like it. But people do not refuse them – and this leads to terrifying results.
However, sometimes absolutely paradoxical things arise. For example, it becomes known about alcoholics who have lived a very long life. Is this not a paradox, with such a constant and systematic destruction of health? Is this a rule? Or maybe this is just an exception, which only confirms the rule? Let’s try to deal with this in more detail. Still, it is very important to understand exactly how life expectancy is associated with alcoholism – and what character this relationship has.
Alcoholic health problems
Consider the negative example first. Suppose that a person regularly, in extremely immoderate doses, consumes alcohol. Is something positive waiting for him? Of course no. After all, alcohol, with its constant use, creates a huge number of various problems that radically worsen the health of the body. An alcoholic has:
- heart and vascular health problems;
- the risk of liver fibrosis;
- the risk of cirrhosis;
- damage to brain cells and more.
The situation is not pleasant in any case. Therefore, you can’t even think about the fact that alcohol can somehow improve a person’s health with heavy drinking. When addiction began to develop, the problem worsened; a person simply cannot stop drinking alcohol without help. And therefore, he begins to feel worse and worse, more and more serious negative effects begin to manifest in all their glory. And is it worth saying that this can not affect the life expectancy in a positive way?
How long do alcoholics live?
So how many live addicts? Beliefs that there are numerous alcohol dependent people who reach old age are erroneous. Official statistics say exactly the opposite. The average lifespan of an alcoholic is much lower than that of a healthy person – only 48-55 years. And this is at best. About a quarter of people do not reach this age. 40% of people who seek medical help do this because of the occurrence of pathologies caused precisely by the use of alcohol. And, worst of all, every third person in the world dies for a reason that is directly or indirectly related to alcohol. Is it possible to speak of longevity in this case? It turned out that everything is not so simple.
Research results that show a paradoxical thing are going on the Internet – people who regularly drink alcohol live on average longer than those who abstain from alcohol in principle. It sounds very bold, although not so simple, if you look at it.
So, it was studied about two thousand people who are in retirement or pre-retirement age. All of them received at least some outpatient treatment. Within twenty years, more people died who did not drink at all. Least of all the moderately drinkers died. Inveterate alcoholics were somewhere in between in these statistics. But why so? You can also somehow understand why people who drink moderately had the best health – we all heard that very limited consumption of, for example, wine, can strengthen the heart and blood vessels. But what about teetotalers? Why do they lose to drinkers?
The mystery of teetotalers
There is a very interesting fact that explains why teetotalers have the greatest health problems. The fact is that modern society is structured in such a way that it rarely happens for a person not to drink in principle. Holidays, anniversaries, meetings with friends – almost everyone drinks, but there seems to be no motivation to completely abandon strong drinks. This does not interfere in life if it occurs rarely and in a controlled manner.
But not everyone can control themselves. Someone is seriously drinking alcohol. Someone quits drinking in principle. What motivates him? Of course, health problems. A person understands that by continuing to drink alcohol, he will seriously aggravate his situation. Or he has already begun to aggravate it, overdoing it with alcohol. Will a perfectly healthy person think about this? This is unlikely.
This leads us to an unexpected conclusion – almost all cardinal, convinced teetotalers are either former alcoholics or people who have experienced serious health problems. Well, if so, it is not surprising that they live less.
There are other factors that prove that teetotalers can sometimes live less. Often a person has every tendency, if not to become an alcoholic, then at least to drink alcohol on an ongoing basis. But here’s the bad luck – alcohol is quite expensive. And in many countries, pricing makes alcoholic beverages unavailable in large quantities for low-wage groups.
Therefore, an interesting relationship occurs – if a person has less money, he is much less likely to become an alcoholic. Well, if he does not have money, then he, accordingly, has far fewer opportunities to take care of his health. And then it is logical to expect that his total life expectancy will be less.
Relationships as an indicator
There is another property of alcohol, which can be called positive with a very big stretch. When people drink moderately in public places, such as bars, it’s much easier for them to start a conversation. This leads to the fact that it is much easier for them to make new friends. Well, when a person has more friends, his social circle grows. And that is why it is important.
The more people communicate with a large number of people, the greater the chance that someone will point out problems with his health. It also increases the chance that someone will help him when he finds himself in some kind of problematic situation. Simply put, the more friends a person has, the better he lives, and the better he lives, the greater the chance that he will be able to extend a longer and happier life. Although, of course, the fact that alcohol plays a large role here is a very, very controversial statement. After all, you can achieve exactly the same results without resorting to alcohol in principle.
Is alcohol something that can extend a person’s life, which can improve his health? No, definitely not. All the data presented do not indicate any positive effect of alcohol on human life – they are more likely about complex social interactions, which ultimately lead to the fact that people who moderately drink alcohol, as a result, turn out to be long-livers. However, it is worth noting that no one talks about alcoholics. For avid drinkers, fate is usually more than sad.
So moderation is important in everything. If you consciously decide to drink alcohol, if you decide that you do not want to give it up, this is one thing. But you must understand that only moderation and control will help prevent in this case almost everything that is negative that carries alcohol. Do not overdo it. Being an alcoholic, you are unlikely to live at least 55 years old. If you want your life to be successful, if you want its life to be sufficient, do not let alcohol poison your health. And then everything will be wonderful, then you can be truly happy – and all this for a very long time.