A new study reveals that drinking alcohol can actually help an individual live past 90.
The team of researchers, led by Claudia Kawas, a University of California neurologist, got their data from the 90+ Study involving 1,700 nonagenarians (people between the ages of 90 and 99).
The results reveal that moderate alcohol consumption beats exercise in helping people live a longer life.
The 90+ Study, which started in 2003, aimed to find impacts of daily habits on one’s longevity.
According to the Independent, the researchers found that participants who consume about two glasses of beer or wine daily were 18 percent less likely to experience an early death
In the meantime, subjects who engaged in physical exercise 15 to 45 minutes per day slash the same risk by 11 percent.
“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Kawas said while presenting during the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Austin, Texas.
Surprisingly, an additional factor discovered to help you live longer is weight. Subjects who were rather overweight but definitely, not obese, decrease their odds of premature death by 3 percent.
“It’s not bad to be skinny when you’re young but it’s very bad to be skinny when you’re old,” Kawas noted in her speech.
Participants who kept a hobby two hours per day were 21 percent less likely to die prematurely, while subjects who consumed two cups of coffee daily cut that risk by 10 percent.
Future studies are needed to establish how habits affect longevity more than one’s genetic composition.