The Secret To Longevity: An Abundance Of Booze, Some Experts Say

| by Alexander Rubinstein
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A 100-year old woman in Plains Township, Pennsylvania, told WNEP her secret to longevity is “a lot of booze.”

“Pauline Spagnola may have thrown back a few at her 100th birthday party at the Golden Living East Mountain Center near Wilkes-Barre,” the WNEP video report stated. “We say that because Pauline tells us the secret to her long life is a fair amount of booze.”

This is not the first time an elderly woman has credited alcohol for her longevity. Earlier this year, a 100-year-old woman from Chicago, Urcille Brown, said on her birthday that the secret is simple: drink beer. Her favorite is Miller, though she also credits walking for keeping her healthy, according to AOL.

In May, Mark Behrends of Nebraska turned 110, making him the oldest man in the United States with a verifiable age. He claimed that a beer a day, specifically at 3 p.m., helped keep him young. His daughter told the Omaha World-Herald, “He always joked that that was his medicine since he takes very little medicine.” Like Brown, Behrends’ drink of choice is Miller.

A Fort Worth, Texas, woman who turned 104 in March doesn’t like to drink; at least not alcohol. Elizabeth Sullivan credits a particular doctor for her longevity: Dr Pepper. She fell in love with the soda when she was in her 60s, reports Daily Mail. “People try to give me coffee for breakfast. Well I'd rather have a Dr Pepper," she said. "I started drinking them about 40 years ago. Three a day. Every doctor that sees me says they'll kill you, but they die and I don't, so there must be a mistake somewhere,” the woman said.

People who drink heavily live longer than those that completely abstain, according to a stuy conducted by a psychologist at the University of Texas. Researchers believe drinking decreases your risk of diabetes and heart disease, a leading killer of the elderly.

Researchers believe regular consumption of alcohol increases levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, the “good cholesterol,” although there is no consensus on whether this accounts for a decrease in heart disease, Slate reports.

Alcohol may also reduce clotting and improve your heart’s pumping efficiency, though the results aren’t as well established. Some studies have shown that drinking alcohol improves insulin sensitivity, lowering the risk of diabetes, which is itself a risk factor for heart disease.

Sources: WNEP, AOL, The Huffington Post (2), Daily Mail, Slate

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