Is beer the secret to a long life?

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CHICAGO, IL - Chicago resident Urcille Brown just celebrated her 100th birthday. If you ask her what the secret to her long and healthy life is, she'll tell you it's "Miller's [beer]."

And for most of Urcille's drinking days, cans have been the most popular vehicle for a serving of suds. The beer can is now 80 years old. The first can was sold in 1935 in Richmond, Virginia. You used to need a can opener to get to the cold brew inside. The beer institute says more than half of all the beer in the country is sold in cans these days.

It turns out 100-year-old Urcille might be on to something. A new study published in The European Heart Journal says that drinking one drink a day, or about half a pint of beer, could fight against heart failure. The study looked at nearly 15,000 Americans over 25 years. Heart failure was least likely to occur in people who drank about seven drinks a week.

A beer a day just might keep the undertaker away. Cheers!


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