Skooter reporting 10/22/12
We have some good news for all wine lovers out there. Researchers at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine have found out that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may lower the risk of dementia.
The study team evaluated data from more than 365,000 people who participated in 143 studies conducted since 1977. What they have found was that wine appeared more beneficial than beer or spirits. Moderate drinkers were 23% less prone to develop dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and a general decline in mental ability. So when can you consider a "moderate drinker?" A general rule of thumb would be a maximum of two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
The researchers say the shielding effect of moderate drinking remained after they considered age, education, sex and smoking. They also observed that the effects of alcohol were the same in men and women. Here is an interesting bit of health news from the study: the link between moderate drinking and reduced risk of dementia and cognitive impairment was statistically noteworthy in 14 of 19 countries, including the United States.
The study is unclear why moderate drinking may reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, but one possible explanation is that alcohol might enhance blood flow in the brain, thereby boosting brain metabolism. Another possibility is that minute amounts of alcohol may make brain cells more fit by slightly "stressing them out" and giving the cells practice at coping before being asked to deal with major stress. It is believed that subjecting brain cells to major levels of stress can eventually cause dementia.
One cautionary note: the researchers aren't telling that non-drinkers start drinking. Ask your doctor’s advice concerning your nutritional health. Make certain moderate drinking doesn't negatively cause any health issues you may have before you start drinking that glass of wine with dinner every night.