Is it true? Can having a drink REALLY be more effective than exercising here in Minnesota?

This might be the best news any of us here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes will hear this week, especially given the fact that our Stay At Home order in Minnesota is still underway and having a drink is sometimes the lone bright spot in your day. (Okay, I might be a little overly dramatic here, but still...)

But, yeah, this headline sure grabbed my attention when I saw it in my newsfeed the other day:

"Drinking alcohol more effective than exercise for living a long life, study finds"

Are you kidding me?!? Having a lovely craft beer or two is more effective than trying to gut out three miles of huffing and puffing your way along the Douglas Trail in Rochester (while maintaining proper social distancing, of course.) How come I'm just now hearing about this?!?

Well, according to this AOL article, there is a catch. Two of them, actually: The study they're talking about here only has to do with 90-year-olds. (Which is about how old I FEEL sometimes-- does that count?) But it's still good news. And, the study they're talking about is from 2018, but apparently is still accurate today.

Here are the details: The story said "consuming roughly two glasses of alcohol or wine a day lessened the chance of an early death by 18 percent, according to The Independent," the story noted. "A moderate amount of coffee cut the likelihood by 10 percent," it said.

But... why? Well, that's a question science (or this study, anyway) can't quite answer... yet. "I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity," one scientist said in the story.

So as we continue to quarantine at home and the question of whether or not you should really have a lovely adult beverage comes to mind, I say, go ahead and tip one back. Who knows-- you might be saving your life!

Listen to Curt St. John mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. on Quick Country 96.5
and afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m. on 103.9 The Doc

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