If you think you deserve a cold one at the end of a long day at work, you might end up living longer than those who don't indulge every once in a while!
Researchers at the University of Texas have found that people who drink regularly are less likely to die than people who don't drink at all!
We all know that heavy drinking isn't good for anyone, however, alcoholic beverages in moderation, like most things on the food pyramid, seem to be the key to being healthy.
The researchers found this out by studying individuals aged between 55 and 65 over a 20-year period, whilst also accounting for other lifestyle factors including diet and exercise.
Psychologist Charles Holahan, who led the study, discovered that morality rates in people who did drink alcohol in moderation were higher than those who didn't drink and out of 1824 participants, only 41 per cent of moderate drinkers passed away early, compared to 69 per cent of non-drinkers.
Even heavy drinkers had a higher morality rate than those who didn't drink.
One of the reasons why drinking alcohol increases morality is because of its social aspects, as it maintains mental and physical health as we age.
It's always good to remember to drink responsibly as heavy consumption of alcohol is linked to many medical issues including cancer, stroke, heart disease, liver damage and brain damage.
However, a small glass of wine with a good meal every now and again can be good for your health!