Older moderate drinkers whose consumption came in periodic episodes of heavy alcohol use had a twofold increased risk of death within the next 20 years compared with moderate drinkers whose consumption was spread out more evenly over time, according to a study in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. "Heavy episodic drinking concentrates alcohol's toxicity and is linked to mortality by damaging body organs," psychologist and study author Charles Holahan said.

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