Coffee and booze drinkers, rejoice! Researchers at the University of California-Irvine examined the lifestyles of people 90 and older in hopes of unlocking the secrets to a long life — and what they found is about to make your Tuesday infinitely better.
According to the study, they found those who drank ~moderate~ amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than people who didn't. Plus, they also lowered their chances of premature death by 18 percent. Yasss.
The news comes just weeks after a separate study suggested a couple of glasses of wine per day would help "clean" your brain. Scientists from the University of Rochester conducted a study where mice were given the equivalent of two-and-a-half glasses of wine per day, and it turns out, their bodies were better at removing the waste associated with dementia.
Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, the lead author of the study, explained that while alcohol in high doses can be detrimental, in smaller doses, it can be helpful! "Prolonged intake of excessive amounts of ethanol is known to have adverse effects on the central nervous system," he said. "However, in this study, we have shown for the first time that low doses of alcohol are potentially beneficial to the brain, namely it improves the brain's ability to remove waste." And, good news for the beer drinkers out there. Apparently, brewskis have the same effect as wine!
Previous studies have shown that there are other benefits of coffee, too. According to Medical News Today, coffee protects against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, and liver cancer. It also promotes a healthy heart. Not to mention, it's the number one source of antioxidants in the US, according to researchers at the University of Scranton.
Joe Vinson, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said, "Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close." We'll cheers to that!