Scientists have found the perfect preventative for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's smoke a lot, quaff a great deal of alcohol or drink bucketloads of coffee.
They have discovered that smokers are 50 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson's than non smokers. And the same is true of people who drink alcohol or coffee.
But medicine isn't about to rewrite the rulebook on healthy lifestyles. Smoking and drinking are indicative of addictive behaviour, and it is higher levels of endogenous dopamine which triggers addictions and act as a preventative to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, Patricia Willems-Giesbergen, from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, told delegates at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.
It also suggests that life, even at the end, is kind. If you've had a boring life, you won't remember it. . .