Alcohol and coffee can help you to live a long life. Yes, you read that right. Two of the most favorite drinks of everyone might actually help you live longer. Science has confirmed it. After all, you might actually not need to quit them for healthy living. Here’s what the study says.
About the study on alcohol and coffee
The UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) in California conducted a study with more than 1600 participants and found out that alcohol and coffee can help you live longer.
The researchers involved in this study visited participants every six months. They performed neurological and neuropsychological tests on them to see how well they’re functioning after having coffee and alcohol. The study team gathered all the information regarding the participants’ diet, activities, medical history, medications, and other health-related factors before the research has begun.
Earlier this year at a conference for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the study’s main researcher Dr. Claudia Kawas said,
“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity.”
Since its beginning in 2013 this study has examined more than 1,600 people who are over the age of 90. To determine which factors and life choices made people more likely to live past 90 all participants had biannual checkups. This age group which also known as the “oldest old” is the fastest-growing age group in the U.S.
The participants who were overweight in their 70s were surprisingly found to have lived longer than normal or underweight people did. However, regular exercise and maintaining a regular hobby seemed to help these people avoid premature death.
After the study, it was found that the participants who drank a moderate amount of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who didn’t drink them at all. Also, those chances of premature death of people who drank only 2 glasses of wine or beer a day were seen to have decreased by 18%. And those who consumed two cups of coffee per day had their death chances decreased by 10%.
How much alcohol and coffee are moderate?
Defining how many glasses of coffee and alcohol is moderate is quite hard. It changes from person to person but according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science two cups of coffee, a day is moderate. And the same goes for alcohol too. In the case of beer, it’s two bottles.
How does this work?
Experts suggest that drinking coffee adds another couple of years to your life by increasing focus and alertness. However, up until now, nothing has been documented. According to experts ‘moderate’ is the key. Moderate consumption of alcohol keeps the immune system at ease and helps in increasing life expectancy.
Alcohol and coffee were previously linked to having increased life expectancy too. It’s believed that they have the ability to slow the growth of prostate cancer and improve heart health and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease as well.