Quitting alcohol may enhance the health-related quality of life for women, particularly their mental health, according to research from Hong Kong revealed in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
“More evidence suggests caution in recommending average drinking as a part of a healthy diet,” says Dr. Ni, School of Public Health and The State Key Laboratory of Brain, University of Hong Kong (HKU).
The study carried out by Dr. Yao, Dr. Michael Ni, Dr. Herbert Pang and colleagues at Hong Kong University included 10,386 people from the FAMILY Cohort in Hong Kong who have been nondrinkers or average drinkers (14 drinks or less per week for males and 7 drinks or less a week for women) between 2009 and 2013. The researchers, in contrast, their findings with information from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol, a representative survey of 31,079 folks conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the USA.
The mean age of participants within the FAMILY Cohort was 49 years, and 56% were women. About 64% of males were nondrinkers (abstainers and former drinkers), and almost 88% of women were nondrinkers. Women and men who were lifetime abstainers had the highest level of mental health at the start of the research (baseline). For women who were average drinkers and quit drinking, quitting was linked to a favorable change in mental health in both Chinese and American study populations. These outcomes were apparent after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, body mass index, smoking status, and other elements.