There’s some good news if your go-to beverages include coffee and wine. According to a new study, alcohol and coffee may help you live longer. Cheers!

For 15 years, researchers at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders have studies people who live to be over 90 years old in an effort to discover their secrets to longevity. One of the big factors that many of these seniors seem to have in common is consuming coffee and alcohol. (Moms be like, “Yeah. We know.”)

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The study of 1,600 participants shows that those who drink moderate amounts of coffee and alcohol are more likely to live longer than those who don’t drink any. “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” said Dr Claudia Kawas, one of the study’s researchers said at a conference last spring.

Of course, this isn’t your free pass to daily hangovers. The keyword here is “moderation”—but you can enjoy that glass of wine after the kids go to bed and fuel up for a day of play with some java knowing that it might have some extra benefits.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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