Drinkers May Be Less Depressed Than Nondrinkers

LiveScience (1/27) reports on a new Gallup Poll that found moderate drinkers may be less likely to be depressed than those who abstain from alcohol. The poll showed that 13 percent “of moderate drinkers reported having been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, compared with 19 percent of nondrinkers and 17 percent of heavy drinkers.” Additionally, only 7 percent “of moderate drinkers said they are currently depressed or are being treated for the condition, compared with 11 percent of nondrinkers and 8 percent of heavy drinkers.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Director George Koob, “who was not involved in the poll, told Live Science that he was not surprised by the results.”

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— “Moderate Drinkers Less Depressed Than Teetotalers, Poll Finds,” Sara G. Miller, LiveScience, January 26, 2016.

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