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Having wine is better than no wine

health-and-fitness Updated: May 24, 2010 01:39 IST

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Moderate drinkers are found to have better health than teetotallers, a new study reveals.

Telegraph.co.uk reported that the findings reveal that moderate drinkers have lower rates of heart disease, obesity and depression than people who abstain from alcohol entirely.

Boris Hansel of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, who led the research, said: "Moderate alcohol intake is a powerful marker of a higher social level, superior general health status and lower cardiovascular risk."

As part of the study the researchers analysed the medical records of 150,000 people from Paris who underwent medical examinations from 1999 to 2005.

The researches divided the sample into four groups — people who did not drink, light drinkers, moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers. An analysis showed that light and moderate drinkers scored better than both teetotallers and heavy drinkers on a range of health indicators.

In addition to reduced rates of heart disease and depression, they tended to have lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar levels, and suffer less from stress.