Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Alcohol and Health

Moderate drinking reduces the risk  of dementia

We have always been advocates of responsible drinking and alcohol consumption. We have posted articles on Alcohol preventing sunburn and blindness. Now there is a new study that says moderate drinking could lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Researcher's from Chicago's Loyola University reviewed several studies spanning 34 years with over 365,000 participants. Moderate drinkers are less likely to develop cognitive diseases later in life compared with heavy drinkers and non-drinkers.

According to
"Moderate drinking is defined as no more than two drinks a day for men, and one drink a day for women. Heavy drinking - defined as more than 3 to 5 drinks per day - carried the highest risk of developing these conditions, although that increased risk factor was not statistically significant. The researchers stressed that they're not recommending that non-drinkers should start drinking — merely that people who do engage in moderate drinking seem to enjoy some health benefits."

This could mean that social drinking can help you later in life. Ain't science grand?

Check out the full article at and the study's abstract here.

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