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Quitting alcohol may improve women’s mental well-being besides their health-related quality of life. “More evidence suggests caution in recommending moderate drinking as part of a healthy diet," said Dr Michael Ni, School of Public Health and The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Hong Kong (HKU). The study was published in the journal 'CMAJ' which included 10,386 people cohort who were non-drinkers or moderate drinkers. The researchers compared their findings with data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. The mean age of participants in the cohort was 49 years and 56 per cent were women. About 64 per cent of men were nondrinkers (abstainers and former drinkers) and almost 88 per cent of women were nondrinkers. Men and women who were lifetime abstainers had the highest level of mental well-being at the start of the study (baseline). For women who were moderate drinkers and quit drinking, quitting was linked to a favourable change in mental well-being in both Chinese and American study populations.