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Alcohol, coffee key to long life, according to new study
Surprise, surprise
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A glass of wine sits on a table Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at Downtown Drafts in Gainesville. - photo by Austin Steele

Well, well, well — looks like the reporters will outlive us all: A new study suggests alcohol and coffee are both key to living a long life.

It should be made clear up front that seemingly every week comes a new study contradicting a host of other studies or that simply makes a ridiculous claim based on Evidence*.

So, get your grains of salt ready.

Studying more than 1,600 people since 2003, researchers at the University of California Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders found that people who drank alcohol or coffee were more likely to make it to 90 years of age or older.

It’s a good day for the worst of us, apparently, because the study also determined that people who were overweight in old age lived longer than those who were underweight.

The study made several other findings:

  • People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.

  • People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.

  • Over 40 percent of people aged 90 and older suffer from dementia while almost 80 percent are disabled. Both are more common in women than men.

  • About half of people with dementia over age 90 do not have sufficient neuropathology in their brain to explain their cognitive loss.

  • People aged 90 and older with an APOE2 gene are less likely to have clinical Alzheimer’s dementia, but are much more likely to have Alzheimer’s neuropathology in their brains.

So, feel free to raise your glass on New Year’s Eve and follow it with a cup of coffee New Year’s Day, apparently.


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