Good news for all you wine drinkers on this halfway point through the week: according to a long-term study, booze beats exercise if you want to make it into your 90s! (You probably don’t need to do anything else but celebrate that truth for the rest of the day!)


“The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity.

Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death.”1

And get this, participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day, cut the same risk but by only 11 percent! Now, by no means am I or anyone else suggesting that drunkenness is a pathway to long life, but enjoying your life- at every stage- and with family and friends by your side, is a good plan. The truth is that having a nice glass of wine with loved ones or friends is sometimes part of enjoying life. (Just ask anyone living in Europe. They’ve been doing it for thousands of years!)


But it wasn’t just alcohol, there were other factors the team found to be helpful for boosting longevity:

  • participants who were slightly overweight but not obese cut their odds of an early death by 3 percent2
  • subjects who kept busy with a daily hobby, two hours a day, were 21 percent less likely to die early3
  • and those who drank two cups of coffee a day cut that risk by 10 percent4


Obviously, the findings are interesting but will need more study. Kawas said, “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity.” 5

Cheers, Health Nuts!

Sources and References

  1. Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2018.
  2. Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2018.
  3. Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2018.
  4. Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2018.
  5. Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2018.