(From Huffpost Healthy Living)
You know smoking, drinking, and eating junk food can shorten your life, but do you know how much?
Now, thanks to a paper from the University of Cambridge published in the British Medical Journal, it’s possible to attach a number to those bad habits.
David Spiegelhalter, PhD, a biostatistician and risk communication expert, used the speed of aging and previous epidemiological mortality studies to quantify how certain behaviors benefit and hurt us.
No need to panic, though. the paper noted explicitly that the risks do not apply to single exposures like your blowout office holiday party or over-the-top Christmas Day feast, so enjoy an extra eggnog tonight — just don’t drink an extra one every night for the next 30 years.