The fountain of youth might actually be filled with booze. A 100-year-old woman said the secret to long life is alcohol, and frankly, we don't disagree! There are plenty of studies that show the positive effects of alcohol, and her testimony is just more proof of how a drink can save your life, or at least extend it.
Pauline Spagnola of Plains Township, Pennsylvania, told WNEP the secret to her long-lasting time on earth was "a lot of booze" as she celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday with friends. Wearing a princess crown, Spagnola can be seen happily clapping and bopping her head. If that's not enough proof of how alcohol works in the human body, then I don't know what is.
There have been plenty of studies on the effects of alcohol, and experts generally agree that a little everyday side drink does more good than harm. In a 2012 study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers found people who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol lived longer than people who drank heavily or didn't drink at all. And when it specifically comes to wine, a glass of either reds or whites can help protect against heart disease, according to scientists.
Spagnola's story isn't unique. Mark Behrends, a Nebraska man who turned 110 years old last month, said his secret to a long life was one glass of beer a day. His daily ritual, which takes place at 3 p.m., typically involves Miller brands, but he told Omaha.com he was open to drinking whatever beer was available on hand. When asked about his old age, Behrends told the outlet, "I don't even notice it."
Obviously there are a lot of factors that lead to a long and healthy life. But a survey of some of the oldest people in the world shows similar attitudes on what can keep you well past 100. Staying happy, active, and mentally stimulated are key to living a long life.
Of course there will also be the random pieces of advice, like the 105-year-old woman who said bacon kept her alive and well for decades. While that might have worked for her, I'm more dubious of how fatty pieces of pork can be legitimately good to your health. But hey, to each their own, and whatever works for you is the path you should follow.
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