(Mens Health) Exercise 150 minutes a week, live 3.4 years longer!” You’ve probably seen that headline–from a recent Harvard study–and many others like it all over the web. Hit the gym, eat more vegetables, or quit smoking, and you’ll be around for a few more years. In concept, it’s a good tool for motivation. The problem? It’s hard to conceptualize how something you do today might affect you in 30 or 40 years, David Spiegelhalter, Ph.D., a professor of biostatistics at the University of Cambridge tells MensHealth.com. (And if you’re already going to live to be 91, why bother trying to stretch those twilight years to the age of 94 years, 4 months?) That’s where Spiegelhalter’s quirk of statistics comes in. He thinks about the effect of specific activities on your longevity in terms of “microlives”–30-minute windows. Break the numbers down and you’ll see just how binge drinking cuts years from your life: After the first one, which increases your lifespan by 30 minutes, every alcoholic drink that you down today brings you 15 minutes closer to death. (That means the standard advice of “no more than two drinks a day” still stands, since you’re still 15 minutes ahead after two drinks.)
This is why I hate doctors, if they spent their time doing more important studies, like figuring out why kids are stupid, they might actually make a difference in the world. Dr. Speegaldick over here is out of his god damn mind. If I’m having 1 drink, I’m probably having 35. The first drink that adds 30 minutes to my life is nothing but an afterthought by the time I’ve passed out in old Chinese food and a puddle of my own semen. How bout losing 2 hours “Just for being male”.. There it is. Fuck you. He clearly just made this list to impress a girl. I’m surprised he didn’t put ” extra 40 years for having such lovely eyes” You pretentious fuck. Get a job.