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Some light Is thrown on the. vexed question of the superior healthfulnesß of abitlnenoe or moderate drinking by reoently published returns. The United Kingdom Temperance and General Provident Institution has two sections of lives, The one seotion consists of abstainers only ; the other of non-abstainers — known drunkards being excluded, During the period of twenty-one years tbe number of expeoted deaths In the moderation seotion was 5785. Only 164 fewer deaths aotually ocour red. The expectancy among the abstaining assured was 3655, and the deaths amounted to 1076 less. There Is therefore, the enormous deficiency ln favor of teetotal survivors beyond expectancy of fully 26 per oent. The teetotal assured had reoeived bonuses on an average 24 per oent higher than have aoomed to the restricted drinkers. Authentic returns of the time during whloh members of friendly societies have reoeived benefit tend to show the comparative freedom from Incapacitating Illness of abstainers The " Reohablte Dlreotory" for 1887 8 (quoted by tie " Wiltshire Oonnty Muror and Express") gives some Interesting comparisons. Between twenty and sixty years of ago the Salford Unity of Reohabitea (all abstainers) show only 48 weeks, as against 59-6 weeks of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, a superiority of 11 6 weeks Between sixty and suventy years tho Reohabltes had 501 wo.ks to 62 6 weeks of the Oddfellow., a difference of 12 4 weeks. Grouping these figures together, the Rechabites had 98 1 weeks, as against 122*1 weeks of the Oddfellows, a gain of 24 weeks. The abstaining followers of the son of Reohab | also came out well oompared with the Foresters. From twenty to seventy years of age they suffered from 98 woek . of illhealth, as opposed to 126 3 weeks among the Anolen i Ordor of Foresters ; between seventy and eighty yeara, from 122 woekn, as opposed to 148 2 weeks among the Foresters. Collecting these returns together, the Reohabltes required finanoial benefits during 220 weuks, and the Foresters during 274 5 week., a differ- noe Ie favor of the Beohabltes of 54 5 week", There can be little doubt as to tie gsneral tendency of these striking tables In favor of the healthfulnesa of abstaining Temperance. — "I_ ritlsh Medioal Journal,"

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MORTALITY OF MODERATE DRINKERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1976, 22 October 1888

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MORTALITY OF MODERATE DRINKERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1976, 22 October 1888