According to a new study, moderate and low levels of daily drinking could lower your alzheimer's risk!
The authors analyzed results from 143 studies, dating back to 1977, which included 365,000 participants in 19 countries. The studies compared non-drinkers to drinkers: 74 of the studies looked at the risk of dementia, while the other 69 focused on memory problems.
The review found that moderate drinkers were 23% less likely than teetotalers to develop signs of memory problems or Alzheimer's. That effect was significant in 14 of the 19 countries, including the U.S.
So what's moderate?
One drink a day for women, two for men.
Heavy drinking means three to five drinks or more a day. One drink is defined as 1.5 oz. of spirits, 5 oz. of wine, or 12 oz. of beer.
Wine appeared to have more of a protective effect than beer or spirits, but that finding was based on a small number of studies, so there's not enough data to make a distinction between types of alcohol, the authors said.
Unfortunately, we don't know the reason why. And this is definitely not a cause and effect situation, but an association. Don't just start poppin' bottles to become Alzheimer's invincible or anything.
As always, it's all about moderation!
It doesn't say anything about drinking before noon, lucky enough… we kid!
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