Source: The Sunday Tasmanian, 16 November, 1997, p.20
IT'S official-married people live longer than those who never tie the knot. As well, those who have divorced or widowed also do not live as long as their blissfully wed counterparts. New Australian death-rate figures re- veal single people, especially men, have death rates between two and four times higher than married people. The revelation comes from the Aust- ralian Bureau of Statistics' Deaths Aust- ralia report, which compares death rates and causes over 10 years from 1986. The death rate for married men aged 35 to 39 is 0.9 for each 100,000 but for unmarried men in the same age group the rate jumps to 3.6. Social researcher Doug Davis said the reason married people lived longer could be because they led healthier lives. "Sometimes single people, particularly the men, do not eat as well as they should and do not look after themselves prop- erly," he said.
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