Want to Live to be 90? Here’s Why Scientist Say Drinking Alcohol is the Key to a Long Life

posted: 02/27/18
by: Amanda Mushro
Group of elegant-looking elderly people sitting in outdoor pub and clanging glasses together with joy


Raise a glass to a long and healthy life. No really, according to scientists, you should be raising a glass of wine or beer if you want to live to be 90.

According to the 90+ Study, seniors who drink a moderate amount of alcohol each day actually lowered their risk of premature death more than seniors who exercised daily. For the study, over 1,600 people over the age of 90 have been monitored since 2003. Researchers call this the fastest-growing age group in the United States and they wanted to better understand how their lifestyles attributed to their longevity.

Researchers looked at participants' dietary habits, medical history and daily activities to find trends among the participants. What they found was moderate drinking was a common thread among those over the age of 90. In fact, they discovered that the adults who consumed approximately two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death.

"I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity," says Neurologist Claudia Kawas who lead the team at the University of California, Irvine.

The study also found that older adults who practiced a hobby a couple hours each day were found to have a 21 percent lower risk of dying younger, and exercise made a premature death 11 percent less likely. So grab a beer, do a puzzle, and get in a long walk with your friends. All of this science, I can totally get behind.

Researchers caution that adults--no matter your age-- should still maintain an active lifestyle, eat healthy foods, and not take this study as an opportunity to over indulge in alcohol. Still, I like the idea that having a glass of pinot grigio can help me into my golden years.