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teetotallerTime (10/5, Cloud) reported that, according to a study published in the journal Addiction, “those who never drink are at significantly higher risk for not only depression, but also anxiety disorders, compared with those who consume alcohol regularly.” Researchers from Norway’s University of Bergen examined data on “more than 38,000 people,” asking “the participants how much they had drunk in the previous two weeks; the research team also asked them various questions to measure their levels of anxiety and depression.” They found that “it was abstainers who were at the highest risk for depression — higher even than the heaviest of drinkers,” possibly because “abstainers in the study sample were more likely to have illnesses, such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and people with chronic illnesses are more prone to melancholy.”

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