BRISBANE, CA — For healthcare practitioner Maureen Aragon, a glass of wine or a beer every now and then can be seen as normal.
However, according to a new study that found daily consumption of alcohol can lead to a longer life, she welcomes the findings.
“A little bit… just cause my mom is nurse and growing up she was always mindful of how much you drink, even now as an adult she’s like I don’t like how much you drink. So I’m kind of curious about what’s that about,” said Aragon.
In a recent study by neurologist Claudia Kawas and her team at the University of California, Irvine, drinking a couple alcoholic beverages every day was linked to an 18 percent decrease in premature death.
Since 2003, Kawas’ team has been studying why some people reach the age of 90 or older and other do not.
Based on their research of the daily habits of some 1,700 people age 90 or older — drinking two glasses of beer or wine every day may be the cause to a longer life.
While presenting at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, Kawas says, “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity.”
As far as Aragon is concerned, being responsible is just as important as being healthy.
“If you want to have two drinks a day that’s fine. If you want to eat kale and not eat meat, that’s cool too. As long as you’re not hurting anybody, I don’t see a problem with it. Enjoy.”
While research continues to show whether or not how beer or wine can help towards longevity — alcohol alone should not be considered as the only prescription for a long life.