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Death, drink, and senility

February 18, 2014

On your next visit to the doctor, think fast if the nurse throws a nerf ball at you, prior to taking your blood pressure. A recent study found reaction time to be a better predictor of early death than smoking. (Cite.)

Drinking to forget? It may work — British researchers looking at the Whitehall II data found that men who drank heavily in middle age suffered accelerated cognitive decline than abstainers and moderate drinkers. The Whitehall study comprises British civil servants. Some of whom might indeed drink to forget. (Cite.)

Research on addiction is showing that 12-step programs are not that effective. At least, not if you’re wanting to break an alcohol or drug habit. My observation is they work quite well, if you’re looking for a partner for your next dysfunctional relationship.

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