We all want to live a long, happy life, but we don’t often feel like we have much control over whether that happens or not. Surprisingly and pleasantly, moderate alcohol consumption is one of the most effective factors in achieving a longer life. No one is quite sure why yet, but they’re willing to take it to the bank that it does. Read on to learn how drinking wine, and other alcoholic beverages, can help you live longer.
Drinking Wine Can Help You Live Longer
People have long touted the benefits of red wine, in particular, and said that drinking a glass of wine a day lead to certain health benefits. Time magazine reported this year that research from the 90+ study proves that people who drink one or two alcoholic beverages a day are more likely to live longer, maybe even into their 90s.
Time explained it, “Drinking about two glasses of wine or beer a day was linked to an 18% drop in a person’s risk of early death—an even stronger effect than the life-preserving practice of exercise, according to the researchers. “
The Daily Meal quoted a researcher from the study, Dr. Claudia Kawas, as saying “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity.”
While this news is very exciting, there are some points that need to be considered.
What is Not Understood
No one really understands what makes alcohol helpful to longevity. In fact, a good deal of the benefits may come not from the alcohol itself but from the rest of the lifestyle of the individual who drinks.
Researchers have also had to acknowledge that many people don’t drink because they can’t, and this inability to drink is caused by other issues that may be impacting the person’s longevity, meaning it may not be the lack of alcohol, but the reason why the person can’t drink that has shortened their life.
Points to Take Away
- It must be moderate drinking. Drinking more than 2 glasses provides no additional health benefits and causes negative health impacts.
- Don’t slack off exercising. It’s still excellent for your mental and physical health, and much more understood.
- Those with risk factors for certain cancers may not want to take advantage of the benefits of moderate drinking because the risks are potentially greater than the benefits.
- If you can’t drink, try to indulge yourself in other ways. Make yourself happy and feeling pampered and satisfied in other ways, without overindulging.
- Also, if you can’t drink, or aren’t doing this already, take whatever steps you can to boost your social life. Many people who drink also have an active social life, and the mental health benefits of social connections with others and having a healthy support system are important to longevity.
- Red wine may be the best alcoholic beverage to drink for longevity as it has so many proven benefits.
Drinking can help you live longer, though no one is really sure why. So, what do you do with this knowledge? Well, if you already drink in moderation, keep enjoying it. If you can’t drink, don’t despair, there are other ways to boost your longevity and perhaps many of them are the reason that drinking is so effective. What else can you do to improve your mental and physical health? Until someone proves what makes drinking improve longevity, we can all use it as a way to explore this idea; what indulgence in moderation and what positive life changes can we make to better our lives? Consult your doctor about any changes you want to make.