When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study.
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, the Independent reports.
“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Kawas stated over the weekend at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Austin, Texas. (ed note: modest drinking.)
Other factors were found to boost longevity, including weight. Participants who were slightly overweight — but not obese — cut their odds of an early death by 3 percent.Seventy percent of people 18 or older reported drinking in the past year, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Here’s a look at alcohol consumption in the United States.
“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 address.
Further study is needed to determine how habits impact longevity beyond people’s genetic makeups.
(Ed note: The study shows that keeping busy with a hobby is even more of a factor in living long. Busy people are happy people)