We all know that coffee and alcohol are bad for you, but we drink them anyway. Most of us drink more coffee, daily cups to get us to work, one on a break. You know the drill, coffee gets you through those long Mondays. Alcohol is more likely on a Friday or Saturday night, whether you prefer a vodka at a bar or a glass of wine in front of the telly.
What if we were to tell you that these could actually be good for you? A study by UC Irvine for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders has found just that.
To preface this, the study found that both drinks are good for you *in moderation*. That is important. Binge drinking alcohol or coffee is not going to do your body any favours. However, a little bit could help your longevity.
The study has been analysing the habits of 1,600 participants in their 90s since 2003. It found that alcohol and coffee consumption habits were both present in healthy 90-year-olds.
Interestingly enough, the study also found that overweight people in their 70s thrived upon hitting 90. So there’s nothing to worry about, have that extra slice of pizza! I know I will.
The study found that drinking two servings of alcohol a day reduced the chances of premature death by 18%, and the same of coffee reduced the chances by 10%. This is no excuse to develop a dependency, but a glass of wine tonight won’t hurt!
However, it is worth noting that exercise was very important, with 15-45 minutes of activity a day lowering the chances of premature death by 11%. Having a hobby and practising it for two hours a day reduced the chances by 21%. This is good news for people with plenty of spare time on their hands, as the lack of stress will help here. The chances are, if you have two spare hours to enjoy a hobby, other aspects of your life are in place and you don’t have a lot to worry about.
The other drawback is that 40% of the nonagenarians suffered from some form of dementia, and 80% had some form of disability. These statistics were even higher in women.
However, the overall message is one of moderation. Enjoy yourself. Don’t feel bad for eating more pizza, having another cup of coffee. Treat yourself to a beer tonight.
Let us know what you think in the comments, and what you’re treating yourself to! Share with any friends or family who love coffee or alcohol to let them know! And check out similar stories on Happiest.