Looks like a change in drinking habits is called for.
AFP reports that drinking up to half a glass of wine per day can help you live up to five years longer — at least for men, according to a study published last week.
Alf was tempted to consider the effect of drinking a whole glass a day (gotta be good for 10 more years on this planet) and then a bottle. Or three.
But his hopes were dashed by the bloody researchers.
The impact on longevity depends on the exact amount drunk — more than half a glass starts bringing life expectancy down again, according to researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
“Drinking wine was strongly associated with a lower risk of dying from coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and death from all causes,” said the study.
Effects varied, however: men who drink up to 20 grammes of any type of alcohol per day live for about two years longer than non-drinkers, while the length of time is slightly lesser for those drinking more than 20 grammes.
Those drinking only wine, and less than half a glass a day, lived some 2.5 years longer than those who drank beer and spirits, and almost five years longer than non-drinkers, said the study.
The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
It was based on research on some 1,373 men between 1960 and 2000. It did not draw conclusions for women.
The researchers studied how much alcohol they drank and what type, in an attempt to assess the impact of their drinking habits on cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and from all causes.
They also tracked weight and diet and whether the men smoked.
The results held true regardless of socio-economic status, diet or lifestyle, it found.
One curious finding: the proportion of men drinking alcohol nearly doubled over the four decades, from 45 percent in 1960 to 86 percent in 2000.
The proportion of those drinking wine soared from two percent to 44 percent over the period.