Heavy drinkers tend to outlive non-drinkers according to some new research. Despite the health risks associated with a high alcohol intake, heavy drinkers may benefit from the socialising that accompanies drinking. Non-drinkers also miss out on the stress reducing benefits of a drink or two, which can compound stress-related disorders.
Even though heavy drinking is associated with higher risk for cirrhosis and several types of cancer (particularly cancers in the mouth and esophagus), heavy drinkers are less likely to die than people who have never drunk. One important reason is that alcohol lubricates so many social interactions, and social interactions are vital for maintaining mental and physical health.