New study: Moderate coffee and alcohol consumption can help you live longer
A new study from the University of California-Irvine may be the greatest news you'll hear all week. It seems consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol and coffee is linked to living a longer life! No kidding. The key word is "moderate," of course.
The study, called "The 90+ Study," started in 2003 and examined "the oldest-old" age group - about 1,700 nonagenarians - to determine what is key to living to your 90th birthday and beyond. They found those "who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained," and that "people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did."
Claudia Kawas, a key researcher for the study said, "I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity." The research found that subjects who drank two glasses of beer or wine every day decreased their chances of a premature death by 18%, and those who drank two cups of coffee a day decreased their chances by 10%. This same research found regular exercise - as well as keeping busy with a regular hobby - is also key to living a longer life. (Newser)