You may want to rethink your New Year’s resolutions. A new study suggests that drinking alcohol and coffee may help you live longer.

By Cailey Rizzo
Updated February 15, 2019

Perhaps coming as good news after the holidays, a study from the University of California Irvine suggests that people who “drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.”

“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Dr. Claudia Kawas, one of the study’s main researchers, said earlier this year at a conference for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The operative word in this finding is, of course, moderate. According to the study, those who drank only two glasses of wine or beer per day decreased chances of premature death by 18 percent. Two cups of coffee per day decreased chances by 10 percent.

Related: Wine Tasting Engages Your Brain 

The study has examined more than 1,600 people over the age of 90 since it began in 2003. Participants agreed to biannual checkups to help researchers determine which factors and life choices made people more likely to live past 90. This age group (known as the “oldest old”) is the fastest-growing age group in the U.S.

One other surprising finding was that participants who were “overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.” But, at the same time, regular exercise and maintaining a regular hobby also helped avoid premature death.

Raise a glass and don’t feel guilty about all of your holiday celebrations. They could be helping you stick around longer.

This story originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.


Comments (1)

guziegirl
January 30, 2019
I love this idea except how does it pertain to those of us that are told to avoid alcohol/caffeine because of acid reflux issues?