Let's be honest, we definitely don't need any excuse to have a few pints every now and then.
But knowing that the odd pint could add extra years onto our life? Now that is something to celebrate.
A new study has found that people who drink a 'moderate' amount of alcohol lived longer than those who didn't.
The 'oldest old and the 90+ Study' studied 1,600 people over the age of 90 in the U.S.
Researchers visited the participants every six months to perform neurological and neuropsychological tests on them.
They found that certain factors contributed to longevity.
Some of their findings included:
- People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee live longer than those who didn't.
- Caffeine intake exhibited a U-shaped mortality curve.
- Intake of antioxidant vitamins (A, C, or E) was not associated with longevity.
- Mortality was incrementally reduced with amount of time spent in physical activities up to 45 minutes each day, after which a constant benefit was observed.
So although alcohol in moderation could help you live longer, unfortunately it's unlikely that those double G&Ts, Sambuca shots and porn star martinis that you had over the weekend did your body any good.