Drinking a beer a day can seriously increase your chances of living to the age of 90, according to new study
I’m going to live forever.
Okay, let’s just get this straight right away; binge drinking is not good for you.
In fact, it’s abysmal for you. We all know this.
So if you’re looking for a scientist to come forward and tell you that, you’re in the wrong place – no scientist is ever going to condone eight Jägerbombs in under an hour.
But trust me, I’m not judging. Five days out of the week, I’m right there with you. I’m just feeling a bit cocky, ’cause I can’t remember the last Saturday morning I woke up hangover-free.
I blame growing up with show’s like Geordie Shore, frankly.
This story’s really for the casual, slow-paced drinkers amongst us; so if that’s you, I have good news.
You’re going to live well into your 90s! Well, maybe.
New research is suggesting that if you partake in a single beer a day – say a nice cold one after work – then you’ve actually been boosting your chances of living to the ripe old age of 90.
New research from Maastricht University in Holland has found that men and women who drink in moderation daily are more likely to reach 90 years old. As part of their research, scientists studied the drinking habits of over 5,500 people over the course of two decades.
They found that men who drink half a pint of beer every day are 81% more likely to live into their tenth decade. In fact, according to researchers, even if you drink two pints a day, you’re still boosting your chances of living longer.
They found that women who drunk a similar amount were also more likely to increase their chances of living into their tenth decade.
Lead researcher Prof Dr Piet van den Brandt told The Sun:
“Our analyses show significantly positive associations between alcohol and longevity in men and women.”
The research team, however, are urging non-drinkers not to suddenly start binge drinking in some farfetched bid to live longer. Apparently, it doesn’t work like that.
Their general theory seems to be that drinking in moderation is actually good for your heart, but heavily drinking is toxic for it.
Just remember, this is one study amongst thousands upon thousands of other studies that have looked into the effects of alcohol on the human body and the majority of these studies have all found that alcohol is pretty much the devil.
NHS guidelines recommend no more than 14 units of alcohol each week; that’s roughly six pints of beer or six standard glasses of wine.
Personally, I didn’t want to reach 90 anyway.
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