Great news for those of you who enjoy a quiet froth or a couple glasses of red on a regular basis, as a new study has found people who drink have a longer life expectancy than those who don’t.
The encouraging results come out of a study from the University of Texas, which discovered drinking alcohol can increase your chances of living a long and fulfilling life. Of course, this goes for people drinking in moderation and not those of us getting shitfaced every weekend.
The study was extremely detailed and involved scientists examining individuals aged 55 and 65 over a 20-year period, with the results confirming those that enjoyed a nightcap lived much longer than those who stayed away from the demon drink.
Even when taking into account outside factors such as socioeconomic status and the amount of physical activity each participant was involved with, the study was still in favour of those who drank.
Out of the 1824 participants in the study, only 41 per cent of moderate drinkers died early in comparison to a whopping 69 per cent of non-drinkers. The study also found heavy drinkers fared better than non-drinkers, with a premature mortality rate of 60 per cent in those who didn’t drink compared to those who overindulged.
Psychologist Charles Holahan, who led the study, believes the reason behind the unusual results is due to the social aspect drinking encourages. We often use booze as a way to connect socially with people outside of work or our everyday lives, and this, in turn, plays a large role in maintaining our mental and physical health as we age.
So it appears all those years spent knocking back pints and Jagerbombs during my youth has set me up for a long and healthy life. Of course, like anything in life, balance is the key when it comes to your weekly booze intake.
It’s important to drink responsibly and in moderation as excessive alcohol consumption can lead to all manner of long-term problems, including cancer, heart disease and brain damage.
So when you’re down the pub with some mates enjoying a couple of cold ones, watching the footy, just make sure that couple don’t turn into ten and you’re looking at a long and enjoyable alcohol filled life.