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Professor Takeshi Tanigawa from Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine says, “Moderate to light alcohol consumption with high social support is good for your health. Drinking with a good friend appropriately makes you feel happy and healthy.”
The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, included 19,356 men aged 40 to 69 and found the health benefits of light to moderate drinking were more pronounced in men with greater social support. The study also found that those with low social support had less healthy lifestyles such as physical inactivity, no job and fewer opportunities for medical checkups. However, heavy drinking was found to present greater health risks even with social support.
Professor Hiroyasu Iso, the study’s co-author from Osaka University, says, “We found the reduced risks of total stroke, ischemic stroke, and total cardiovascular disease associated with light to moderate drinking were more pronounced in men with high social support, probably due to avoidance of unhealthy behaviors and enhancement of stress buffering.”
Even though this is just one study based on a select group of males, the proven health benefits of singing combined with the concept that singing in social environments can help to reduce stress and improve health, are great reasons to keep belting those tunes. And though an extra drink or two might help you build up courage and think you sound better, always drink in moderation.