The New Year's resolutions that people tend to make for themselves are pretty easy to guess —and almost always have to do with health to some extent. They can include losing weight, working out more, and cutting out some of the more unhealthier food items. In terms of that last resolution, alcohol, and coffee are often the food items that tend to get the boot due to how unhealthy many people believe they are. But as it turns out, they might not be as awful as you may believe.
A recent study conducted by the University of California Irvine revealed that drinking alcohol and coffee every single day could contribute to a higher life expectancy. The study expanded on this by explaining that people who consume moderate amounts of either beverage live longer than people who don't drink alcohol and/or coffee whatsoever. One researcher even went so far as to admit that they believe consuming alcohol and coffee regularly can improve one's longevity.
Researchers examined over 1,600 people over the age of 90 since 2013, when the study began. The participants agreed to biannual checkups to aid researchers in determining which factors and life choices made people more likely to live past 90. This age group is said to be the fastest-growing age group in the United States. The study also pointed out that exercising regularly and partaking in a hobby or two will also help you to live longer.
While the news that regular alcohol and coffee consumption can improve life expectancy is obviously great, it's important to remember that moderate consumption is key. Binging on one or both beverages will no doubt do more harm than good. So, researchers have stressed that drinking two glasses of wine or beer per day will decrease your chances of dying sooner by 18 percent. As for coffee consumption, drinking just two cups per day will lower those same chances by just 10 percent.
It's understandable that people want to be as healthy as can be — especially since a new year has just begun. But that doesn't mean you need to give up alcohol or coffee for health reasons. After all, consuming either or both in moderation could help you live a longer life than others.