Make no mistake; sustained abusive Drinking can and does damage and destroy the human body, mind, and spirit. Nevertheless, hoisting a slew of drinks during the week can prevent the onset of diabetes, according to a new Study. While it was determined in prior studies that very light drinkers of beer and wine have less risk of developing diabetes, the new study suggests heavier drinkers benefit all the more when it comes to lowering their risk of contracting the disease when compared to nondrinkers and those who have only a glass or two of wine (or beer) each week.

This is where you should keep in mind that there are over 200 other diseases associated with abusive drinking, especially the heavy consumption of spirits.

More wine, less diabetes

The study was published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Research suggests men and women knocking back seven, 11, or even a few more glasses of wine each week enjoy a 25 to 30 percent lower risk of getting diabetes compared to persons who consume one glass or less in the same time frame. The Diabetologia Journal article is not likely to receive a full endorsement from the World Health Organization (WHO) which maintains that the “harmful use of alcohol” is responsible for hundreds of diseases and injuries -- and most would agree -- promotes really bad behavior among its heaviest consumers.

Alcoholics aside, the team’s findings may come as a bit of a relief to moderate to moderate-plus drinkers who consider the WHO‘s restrictive views on consumption a buzz kill. As to the study’s credibility, research teams gathered data from Danish citizens 18 years and older who completed the Danish Health Examination Survey.

The study included 28,700 men and 41,847 women. Participants self-reported their drinking habits, as well as information regarding their lifestyle between 2007 and 2012.

Diabetes on the rise for other reasons

Diabetes has increased in those 18 years and older from 4.7% (or 108 million people) in 1980 to 8.5% (or 422 million people) in 2014.

According to WHO, the disease is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and lower limb amputation.

The research and common sense cry out in harmony that alcoholics need not apply as participants in similar studies, nor should they adopt these results as reason to (for lack of a better metaphor) fall off the wagon. All of the unhealthy, antisocial attributes of abusive drinking remain in play. However, others, including “moderates” who’ve long bent WHO rules on consumption might want to propose a toast.