Healthy Living: Drinking alcohol tied to longer life in new UC Irvine study

There’s no shortage of studies done on the benefits and risks of drinking alcohol.

Those who like a glass or two of beer or wine a day will likely toast the latest research.

Want to live until you’re 90 or even older? One researcher says reaching for a wine glass, rather than a dumbbell, may help you live longer.

A neurologist from the University of California at Irvine studied 1,700 people who lived until at least 90.

Doctor Claudia Kawas found that people who drink two glasses of wine or beer every day reduced their chances of dying prematurely by 18 percent.

Dr. Kawas also noted that people who were slightly overweight, but not obese, were three percent less likely to die young.

But before you cancel your gym membership, the study also found that 15 to 45 minutes of daily physical activity reduced the risk of early death by 11 percent.

And people who spend two hours a day on a hobby are 21 percent less likely to die early.

Dr. Kawas, who is a well-known and respected researcher, admits she does not know why modest drinking and putting on a few pounds seem to help people live longer.

More studies are underway to get to the bottom of that.

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