People who drink alcohol every now and then are more happy than people who do not drink any alcohol at all. This are some of the first results of the long running research of the Erasmus University into happiness.
On average participants in this study scored a 7.5 on the happiness scale in response to the question if they felt happy the last year. This is the same as the national average. Striking in this study is that participants that drink a little are happier than those who do not drink at all.
Participants that drink 2 or more glasses of alcohol one or two days a week score an 8 on average, but people who do not drink any alcohol stay at a 7.5. Participants that drink 2 or more glasses of alcohol, 3 or more days per week are more unhappy and score a 6.6.
Remarkable is that moderate drinks feel especially comfortable in situations where they try to find relaxation with friends and family compared to non alcohol drinkers.
On the long term is still needs to be shown that moderate drinkers stay more happy compared to people who don’t drink at all.
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