Re: Wine and Increased Longevity

Anders Sandberg (
19 Feb 1998 11:08:29 +0100

Michael Lorrey <> writes:

> If this is so, why is the french life expectancy so much lower than, say, Japan,
> or the US?

Partially because the "reduces death by all causes" is a wild
exaggeration, it was only good against cancer and cardiovascular
disease (good enough, of course). I seem to recall that the number of
traffic accidents in France are unfortunately very high (anybody who
has a list of french mortality statistics?).

Personally I'm a bit sceptical about this news. It is just the kind of
meme that a lot of people want to hear because it defends their
drinking (even if they are far outside the healthy range), so it gets
spread around and exaggerated. I would bet more on the mediterranean
diet instead.

> > CNN reported today that a French scientist has illustrated that wine reduces
> > death by all causes by 30 percent.
> >
> > Follow this link to get the full story:
> >

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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