We keep hearing that all of us need to cut back on consuming alcohol for good health and a long life. Those of us who remember that the Queen Mother used to drink a glass of gin in London every day straight up and was over one hundred years old when she died, will argue that’s probably not true.
Earlier this year, a study out of the University of California bolsters the notion, that the secret weapon for those who make it to 90 may well be moderate alcohol consumption.
The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity.
Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death, the Independent reports.
Meanwhile, participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day, cut the same risk by 11 percent.
“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Kawas stated over the weekend at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Austin, Texas.
(Personal family history agrees, actually. The Teetotalers tended to die young. The cocktail a day group all cleared eighty, and the one who died two months shy of her hundredth birthday considered bowling exercise.)
There were other factors that seemed to help humans keep going. One was carrying just a bit of extra weight (yea!), enough to have fighting weight when sickness did strike, and daily hobbies were also beneficial.
It sounds like the secret to long life, as we’ve heard time and again, is moderation. A little bit of everything. How it all fits together needs further study, according to scientists, but a couple glasses of wine, a couple beers, and not starving oneself sound like the way to go for humans who strive to live long lives.