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Beer: The new fountain of youth


I can’t guarantee that beer will keep you young. But so far it’s working for 109-year-old Helen Reichert.

Fountain of Beer (and Youth?) photo by Ivan Orsic

NPR recently aired the story of Reichert, who amazingly still lives happily at home by herself.

Is it a coincidence that she says her favorite beverage is Budweiser? Or could beer play a part in her incredible longevity?

Of course, doctors don’t draw a direct link between drinking beer and living past 100 years of age. But they do credit something called “adaptive competence,” or basically the ability to bounce back from stress.

“Many scientists view this solely as biological stress,” states Dr. Mark Lachs. “But many of us who care for older patients see adaptive competence as psychologically critical as well.”

In other words, you’re more likely to live longer if you can maintain a positive attitude and overcome setbacks, both mentally and physically.

Beer and exercise, as we know, can help with both, whether it’s unwinding after a long day of work or pumping out endorphins.

So to paraphrase “Born to Run” author Christopher McDougall, you don’t stop beer running because you get old. You get old because you stop beer running.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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