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YAHOO HEALTH: Seniors, Rejoice: Drinking Alcohol May Preserve Your Memory

Laura Tedesco
2014
2014-12-01 05:00

Alcohol is good for more than making memories—it’s also good for keeping them. 

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.

What they found: Imbibing later in life — as long as it was at a light to moderate level — was associated with better episodic memory, or the ability to remember specific events, compared to abstaining. This is a significant finding, since episodic memory is the type of recall that usually disappears with dementia. “Over time, you don’t necessarily lose memory for [how to do] things, like driving or having coffee,” said study author Faika Zanjani, an associate professor of behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland. “You usually lose memory of events — memories that you have to retrieve, instead of just use. It’s not just forgetting your keys. It’s forgetting key moments in your life.”

 

 

 YAHOO HEALTH: Seniors, Rejoice: Drinking Alcohol May Preserve Your Memory

 

 https://www.yahoo.com/health/seniors-rejoice-drinking-alcohol-may-preserve-your-100755624732.html

 

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