Quitting alcohol could boost women's mental well-being

Quitting alcohol could boost women's mental well-being study

Quitting alcohol could boost women's mental well-being study

"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).

Moderate drinkers meant 14 drinks or less per week for men and seven drinks or less per week for women.

About 64 per cent of men were nondrinkers (abstainers and former drinkers) and nearly 88 per cent of women were nondrinkers.

Even though a glass of wine is good for relaxing after a hard day, sooner or later it will affect the person's mental health, in the long run. Compared with the data of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related conditions conducted on 31,079 people, researchers from the University of Hong Kong established that the quality of life of non-drinkers and drinkers differed widely.

They also found that for women who were moderate drinkers and who quit drinking during the study, quitting was linked to improvements in mental well-being among both Chinese and American participants, with levels of mental well-being close to those of lifetime abstainers within four years of quitting.

These results were apparent after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, body mass index, smoking status, and other factors.

"Global alcohol consumption is expected to continue to increase unless effective strategies are employed", Ni said.

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). "Instead, quitting drinking may be associated with a more favourable change in mental well-being, approaching the level of lifetime abstainers".

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