Is drinking whisky the secret to a long life?

It’s what a 110 year old British woman credits for her long years – a single shot nightcap of Famous Grouse whisky every night for the past 60 years –that has kept her going.

Grace Jones, the 10th oldest person alive in the UK today, told Metro: “Whisky is very good for you. I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50 so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now. My doctor said, keep up with the whisky Grace, it’s good for your heart.”

Can we all learn something from this thriving centenarian? There are other anecdotes circulating on the web that support this view, plus the following health benefits are reportedly derived from a moderate consumption of whisky, including lowering the risk of dementia and reducing levels of anxiety (as long as you don’t drink too much as it can have the opposite effect).

Whisky also supposedly helps tackle heart disease (as well as help prevent a stroke) with just a shot of the spirit once a week increasing the body's level of anti-oxidants, helping to protect against coronary heart disease.

It also helps relieve symptoms of the common cold. If you feel the onset of a sore throat, down a swig of whisky and it can bring about some relief. "It would not have an effect on the virus itself, but its effect on the body can possibly give you some modest symptom relief," Dr William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, told ABC News. "The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection."

And while all liquids are good when feeling fluey, people drinking alcohol need to remember to up their non-alcoholic fluids as well, so they aren’t dehydrated.  

Moderation is still key, it seems.



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