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Is staying off alcohol for a 31 day detox an advisable way to start the new year
Professor Carl Heneghan, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

"No" says Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.  

A recent study of 1,824 participants followed up for 20 years reported that abstaining from alcohol significantly shortens life expectancy. Moderate alcohol consumption was associated with reduced total mortality among middle-aged and older adults: compared to moderate drinkers, abstainers had more than double the risk of dying over the ensuing 20 years.


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