World’s Second Oldest Man was Regular Moderate Drinker

World’s Second Oldest Man was Regular Moderate Drinker

The world’s second oldest man has died at age 111. Born in Essen in 1893, Hermann Doernemann had a daily drink of alcohol and enjoyed good health until a week or so before his death.

The world’s longest-living man, Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan, lived for 120 years and 237 days and died in 1986. His favorite beverage was Shochu, an alcoholic drink distilled from barley.

The moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine or distilled spirits) is associated with better health and greater longevity than is either abstaining or drinking heavily.



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