Half a glass of wine may help you live longer

Drinking a small amount of wine a day may boost life expectancy by five years

Dutch scientists who studied almost 1400 men over a period of 40 years, found that a little of what you fancy does you good. Particularly if what you fancy is wine.

According to the study, light consumption of almost any kind of alcohol increased longevity.And the biggest increase came in men who drank half a glass of wine a day. But larger amounts could also be beneficial.  Men who drank up to two glasses of wine, two pints of beer or two shots of spirits a day also tended to live about two years longer than non-drinkers.

The researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands looked into how much alcohol the men drank, what type it was, and over what period, in a bid to assess whether this had any impact on the risks of their dying from cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and from all other causes.

They also tracked weight and diet, whether the men smoked cigarettes, and for how long, and checked for the presence of serious illness.

Dr Martinette Streppel, one of the report’s authors told the Daily Mail: “Those people who already consume alcoholic beverages should do so lightly – one to two glasses per day – and preferably drink wine.

As yet no comparable study exists to show whether the effects on women would be the same.

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