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« on: February 03, 2011, 02:48:58 PM »
Chain-smoking whisky drinker marks 100th birthday


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A lifelong chain-smoker has celebrated reaching his 100th birthday - despite puffing his way through nearly 300,000 fags.

Hard-living Arthur Langran has smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day since the age of 20.

The father-of-two also religiously drinks a dram of Macallan single malt Scotch whiskey every evening before getting into bed.

Arthur, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in Britain celebrated his 100th birthday drinking pints of ale with his family and friends at his local pub - The George - in Hintlesham, Suffolk, which is run by his youngest son John, 57 on Sept 8.

He said: "I always say the secret is doing things you’re not told to do."

"I have been smoking since I was 20 and I still enjoy it, and a pipe. I have a whiskey every night."

"I also like reading the papers and doing crosswords with the help of my son John."


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Arthur’s eldest son Peter, 62, revealed that doctors have told his father to keep smoking.
 
He added: "Dad has smoked roll-ups since he was 20-years-old and more recently used a pipe."

"These days he rolls himself five or six a day but used to smoke more and has his pipe once in the morning and once in the afternoon."

"He has a small single malt whiskey every night. He’s been doing that ever since he was elderly."

"He’s had a tough old life. He was an orphan, had a terrible time living and working in Canada and was blown up by a grenade in the war."

"The doctor has said its not worth getting him to give up the cigarettes. He’s still in good health despite the smoking and still mobile and gets up stairs whenever he wants."

Arthur was born an orphan and sent to Canada by National Children Homes when he was just 14 years old to work as a farmhand.

He returned to Britain in 1940 when he was 30-years-old so he could join the Army and fight Hitler and the Nazis in the Second World War.

It was also the same year that he smoked his first cigarette, shortly after signing up with the Suffolk Regiment. 

He was married to Ivy who sadly died in 2000.


Source:swns.com

Published Sept 25 2010


http://www.dailychilli.com/news/6560-chain-smoking-whisky-drinker-marks-100th-birthday


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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 02:50:04 AM »
 when he dies, during the surgical pathology report, they'll probably notice a prominent liver that underwent chronic hepatomegaly.
 
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 08:19:02 AM »

...a fact that, however amusing to others, will totally be of no interest to him.

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At this point in my life, I'm actually trying to live it down.

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 08:44:40 AM »
Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?

By John Cloud
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010


One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink tend to die sooner than those who do. The standard Alcoholics Anonymous explanation for this finding is that many of those who show up as abstainers in such research are actually former hard-core drunks who had already incurred health problems associated with drinking.

But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren't entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one's risk of dying, even when you exclude former problem drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

Moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies. Moderate alcohol use (especially when the beverage of choice is red wine) is thought to improve heart health, circulation and sociability, which can be important because people who are isolated don't have as many family members and friends who can notice and help treat health problems.

But why would abstaining from alcohol lead to a shorter life? It's true that those who abstain from alcohol tend to be from lower socioeconomic classes, since drinking can be expensive. And people of lower socioeconomic status have more life stressors — job and child-care worries that might not only keep them from the bottle but also cause stress-related illnesses over long periods. (They also don't get the stress-reducing benefits of a drink or two after work.)

But even after controlling for nearly all imaginable variables — socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support and so on — the researchers (a six-member team led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin) found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who were not current drinkers, regardless of whether they used to be alcoholics, second highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.

The sample of those who were studied included individuals between ages 55 and 65 who had had any kind of outpatient care in the previous three years. The 1,824 participants were followed for 20 years. One drawback of the sample: a disproportionate number, 63%, were men. Just over 69% of the abstainers died during the 20 years, 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of moderate drinkers died.

These are remarkable statistics. Even though heavy drinking is associated with higher risk for cirrhosis and several types of cancer (particularly cancers in the mouth and esophagus), heavy drinkers are less likely to die than people who don't drink, even if they never had a problem with alcohol. One important reason is that alcohol lubricates so many social interactions, and social interactions are vital for maintaining mental and physical health. As I pointed out last year, nondrinkers show greater signs of depression than those who allow themselves to join the party.

The authors of the new paper are careful to note that even if drinking is associated with longer life, it can be dangerous: it can impair your memory severely and it can lead to nonlethal falls and other mishaps (like, say, cheating on your spouse in a drunken haze) that can screw up your life. There's also the dependency issue: if you become addicted to alcohol, you may spend a long time trying to get off the bottle.

That said, the new study provides the strongest evidence yet that moderate drinking is not only fun but good for you. So make mine a double.


http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2014332,00.html



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