A Pennsylvania woman, age 100, has reportedly revealed her personal fountain of youth: a lot of booze.
Celebrating her birthday this week at a Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, nursing home, Pauline Spagnola gave this longevity secret to local TV station WNEP, Action16 -- advice which runs counter to the conventional diet-and-exercise wisdom for a long, healthy life.
Your mileage (Note: never drink and drive) may vary, as the TV commercial would say in an entirely different context.
"So, please, remember Spagnola's advice as you all slide into this weekend. Maybe grab a beer or cocktail (or several of each), sit back, and wonder what advice you'll be giving once you reach 100," Philly.com observed.
Along similar lines, last month a 110-year-old Nebraska man suggested that one can of beer every day was his secret elixir for staying young.
A Russian man who died in 2012 supposedly at age 122 claimed that abstaining from booze, tobacco, and women allowed him to enjoy such a long existence. His typical diet consisted of dairy products, fruits, corn, vegetables, whey, and wild garlic.
Separately, a Texas woman, 104, starting drinking three cans of Dr. Pepper each day when she was in her 60s and has never looked back. The unconventional Dr. Pepper consumption notwithstanding, the centenarian admitted that she has no particular longevity secret other than "you just keep living."
A Connecticut woman who just marked her 102nd birthday recommends an alternative approach for achieving a long life: Consume only fresh food and avoid any eats out of a can.
A report in U.S. News outlined several characteristics that centenarians, which comprise a growing population in the U.S., apparently have in common. Most are female, caucasian, live in a group setting, and usually located in urban areas in the Northeast or Midwest. According to a book on the subject summarized by Forbes, living to 100 centers on a lifestyle that includes a positive attitude, eating nutritious food in moderation, regular exercise, faith, not smoking, and just occasional drinking, strong family ties, with good genes as a bonus.According to one research finding, alcohol use may be positively correlated with longevity.
"A study published in 2013, in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggested that — for reasons that aren't entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one's risk of dying, even when you exclude former problem drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers," the dBTechno website claimed.
Do you think that a lot of booze is a recipe for a long life?
[image via YouTube]