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Can alcohol be the secret to a longer life?

Can alcohol be the secret to a longer life?

But you shouldn't give up your workouts just yet.

Other findings on longevity showed that people who spent about two hours daily on a hobby lowered their risk of premature death by 21 percent.

According to the study, people who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained and people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.

As part of the study, 1,700 participants were observed every six months at the Clinic for Aging Research and Education in Laguna Woods, California.

Professor Kawas added: "It's not bad to be skinny when you're young but it's very bad to be skinny when you're old".

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Evidence has emerged that consuming a few alcoholic beverages each evening may see you live in to your nineties - despite the fact that doing so would also increase your weight. Ergo, drinking is better than exercise!

While good genes do play a part, researchers also discovered that close, meaningful relationships with friends and family have major benefits for healthy cognitive function in the older generations. "Maybe that can tell us something".

Unfortunately, although perhaps not unexpectedly, about 40 percent of people over 90 suffer from dementia according to the study, and 80 percent have some kind of disability. Both are more common in women than men.

Kawas is the lead investigator of "The 90+ Study", which has been testing and tracking subjects for the past 15 years to learn about their brains and what might be responsible for living longer. Plus, all of grandpa's stories about the war might be a bit more elaborate and honest with the help of another glass of wine.