According to a recent study, poor people have a higher risk of dying from heavy drinking as opposed to people who have a disposable income.
Norwegian scientists revealed that people who had two to three drinks per week had a lower risk of dying from alcohol-related diseases if they were rich. People who don’t benefit from a hefty paycheck were also reported to consume alcohol less frequently, however, they have a higher rate of alcohol-related hospitalization and deaths, the study claims.
The team of scientists led by Eirik Degerud, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, sifted through the socioeconomic and health survey data of over 200 thousand Norwegian adults. Eligible individuals for the study had to be born before October 15, 1960, and had to complete mandatory censuses in Norway between 1960 and 1990.
The researchers discovered that people who drank 4 to 7 times a week had higher death rates, regardless of how much money they made. However, when Degerud and his team looked at people who consumed alcohol 2 to 3 times a week, the results changed slightly.
The study revealed that people with lower incomes tend to die at higher rates from alcohol-related diseases even if they do not drink that much. More so, people who drank moderately were reported to have a lower chance of developing heart disease than heavy drinkers or those who did not drink at all. The authors noted that moderate drinkers that have a disposable income were the most protected from heart disease risk.
What’s more noteworthy is that people who drank high amounts of alcohol were prone to shorter lives as opposed to wealthy people who had the same behavior.
“Interestingly, episodes of heavy drinking were somewhat more common among individuals with high incomes,” the study’s authors wrote.
The study was published in the journal, PLOS Medicine.
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