Good news for cocktail lovers: Despite alcohol’s reputation as a brain-cell assassin, new research suggests that drinking daily in moderation after age 60 may actually help preserve your memory.
In the study, published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, the researchers tracked the alcohol intake of 664 people, assessed their cognitive functioning with a handful of tests, and performed scans of their brains. During the first phase of the study, participants’ average age was 42; by the end of the study, it was 75.
One aspect of the study that I’d like to know is how they’re correlating alcohol consumption with the improvement. We’ve had other studies prove that mental exercise is good for us, and drinking is a social activity… So I wonder if the results are really being reaped from being gregarious. With work and life, we’d be more socially active than after retirement – which’d explain why the study only saw improvements for people who were 60+ years old.
I tried taking gingko to improve my memory, but I kept forgetting to take it…