WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A new study discovered that drinking alcohol moderately can make you live longer.
- Presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference, the research says that consuming about two glasses of wine or beer a day was associated to an 18% drop in a person’s risk of early death.
- The research, which has not been published in a scientific journal, led to a wave of news applauding alcohol.
The findings suggest that moderate drinking more than physical exercise can make you live even longer, the researchers say. The research used data from the 90+ Study, a research project from the University of California Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders that analyzes the habits of people who live to at least 90.
In 2015, a study of patients with mild Alzheimer’s found that those who drink in moderation were less likely to die during the study’s follow-up period than people who never drink.
In a 2017 study, light and moderate drinkers were found to less likely die from cardiovascular disease than those who never drink. Moderate drinking may reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, chest pain and fatal heart disease.
Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, has anti-aging benefits, though more research is needed.
In November, the American Society of Clinical Oncology came out with a new warning emphasizing links between drinking and at least seven types of cancer. Scientists suggest that alcohol may increase estrogen levels, and increase the risk of breast cancer. Another research suggests that alcohol may disturb DNA activity, leading to cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus liver, and mouth. The risks are higher if you are a tobacco- or hot tea-lover.
High in caloric contents, regular alcohol consumption can lead to weight gain and obesity. Overweight and obese people are prone to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Generally, the study has not found health benefits for heavy drinkers. On the contrary, a recent report says that alcohol abuse is associated with a decline in U.S. life expectancy.
The key is moderation.