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The Daily Buzz: January 21, 2014

Latest study says moderate drinking is good for your heart; dating a quitter helps you quit smoking; and legendary drummer and recovering addict Dallas Taylor dies.

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Latest Study Says Moderate Drinking Is Good for Your Heart
Scientific studies are full of mixed messages about moderate drinking—will it give us dementia? Will it make us live longer? The latest study claims a modest amount of alcohol—one drink a day—can reduce risk of heart failure later in life by up to 20% in men and 16% in women. To be taken with a (tiny) pinch of salt?

You’re More Likely to Quit Smoking If Your Partner Quits
If you’re trying to quit smoking, your love life could play a pretty major role. In a new study, only 8% of smokers whose partners also smoke were able to quit, compared to 50% whose partners also quit. The same applied for exercise and weight loss. Time to ditch your partner (or wait for them to ditch you from all the nagging)?

Zambian Presidential Candidate Denies He’s an Alcoholic
Edgar Lungu, tipped to become Zambia’s next President, has apparently denied claims that he’s an alcoholic with late-stage liver disease. “I drink but I don’t have a problem with drink,” he said. “I am as sober as a priest when I come to do my job.” To prove his physical fitness, he challenged his opponents to a boxing match.

Man Dies in Taiwan After Three-day Online Gaming Binge
A 32-year-old man died in an Internet cafe after a marathon session. This is Taiwan’s second reported death from gaming addiction in the past year.

Legendary Drummer and Recovering Addict Dallas Taylor Dies at 66
Dallas Taylor, who died on Sunday from liver disease, was known as one of rock n’ roll’s most talented drummers, once playing for Crosby, Stills and Nash. But he once said  “I was more famous as a junkie than a drummer.” After a getting sober in 1984, he started a second career as an addiction counselor and worked with other people in recovery up until his death.