Could Alcohol Increase Your Chances of Living Longer? - 24Seven Wellness & Living

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I am sure we are perfectly aware that to continue to live in good health well into our twilight years we must eat whole foods and continue to exercise daily. Did you also know that maybe adding alcohol to that list might also help you increase your chances of living longer and in good health?

Dr. Claudia Kawas, a neurologist from the University of California in Irvine, conducted a long-term study, called the 90+ Study, on individuals between the ages of 90 and 99, also referred to as nonagenarians. 

The study started in 2003, and involved 1700 nonagenarians. Dr. Kawas studied their daily lifestyle habits, and how those habits impacted their age.

When comparing daily alcohol intake with daily exercise habits, the neurologist concluded that the individuals who drank approximately two alcoholic drinks i.e. beer or wine, per day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death. 

Individuals who exercised for 15 to 45 minutes daily decreased their risk of premature death by 11 percent. In addition, those who drank two cups of coffee per day decreased their risk of death by 10 percent. 

Surprised? So was Dr. Kawas but she now believes that moderate alcohol consumption improves longevity.

Her study also revealed that the participants in her study who were slightly overweight decreased their risk of early death by 3 percent. She stated, “It’s not bad to be skinny when you’re young, but it’s very bad to be skinny when you’re old.”

What was also interesting was that individuals who spent two hours on average per day on a hobby decreased their risk of dying prematurely by 21 percent.