I’m not exactly what you’d call a heavy drinker.
Even back in college, I was more often the one doing the driving rather than the drinking.
But here in summer, I love an icy cold beer at the end of a long, hot day. And let’s face it, all of the days are long right now (and most of them are hot).
I don’t know about you, but I think I aged a year in the last week alone.
A little booze can really hit the spot in stressful times like these. And new research finds one more reason to enjoy a light to moderate alcohol habit.
Scientists say it just might help PROTECT your brain from the ravages of cognitive struggles – up to and including dementia.
A perfect way to protect your brain
I’m absolutely convinced that some people out there are ONLY happy when they’re RUINING someone else’s happiness. Don’t eat this. Don’t drink that—nag, nag, nag.
Those killjoys will suck the life out of anything.
Well, my friend, it’s time to tune them out and pour yourself a cold one. Because new research reveals that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol isn’t a “guilty” habit after all.
It’s a HEALTHY one! The study of some 20,000 older Americans confirms the brain-boosting benefits of booze.
Over 20 years, moderate drinkers – when compared to nondrinkers – enjoyed HIGHER scores on cognitive tests measuring…
- mental status
- word recall
And they also had a slower rate of decline in all of those areas compared to the teetotalers.
Moderate alcohol may help lower dementia risk
The results help explain a study earlier this year that found moderate alcohol drinking cuts beta-amyloid in the brain by 66 percent. Those are the damaged proteins that turn up as we get older.
The more beta-amyloid you have, the higher your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease climbs. And in 2018, researchers found that people who abstain from alcohol are 47 percent more likely to develop dementia than moderate drinkers.
Of course, the key word here is “moderate.”
Ask a dozen people what it means, and you’ll get a dozen answers. But “moderate” when it comes to alcohol ISN’T a matter of opinion. And it’s not about how much booze you can “handle” or what it takes to get “buzzed.”
When it comes to research, there’s a very specific definition. For women, it’s up to seven alcoholic drinks per week. For guys, it’s double that at 14 a week in total. (Sorry, ladies.)
And you can’t save them up so you can polish off a six-pack on a Friday night. That’s binge drinking, which ISN’T healthy.
If you’re not a drinker, a study like this isn’t a reason to start indulging in alcohol, of course. But it is a good reason to keep enjoying a moderate alcohol habit without guilt if you already do enjoy a drink from time to time.
As long as you’re healthy enough to continue having a cold one at the end of the day, and you have your doc’s blessings, then bottoms up!