Good news for the over-65 population. The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias reports that moderate imbibing later in life improves the ability to remember specific things compared to abstaining.
The research, conducted over decades, followed 664 people who were 42 when it started and 75 when it concluded. Episodic memory is the type of recall that usually disappears with dementia, i.e. the ability to remember events in the past. Scientists found that alcohol preserved the hippocampus, the area of the brain where these memories are stored. People with Alzheimer’s show reduced hippocampus.
It doesn’t seem to matter whether your drink is wine, spirits or beer, but as always, the key is moderation. Over indulgence has the opposite effect. The medical professionals are sticking with the one-drink-a-day dictum but kind of admitted that as long as you don’t become intoxicated, you’re OK.