There’s more good news for vino enthusiasts. In moderate amounts, wine may reduce your risk for dementia and stave off any decline in your thinking.
Norwegian researchers studied the drinking habits of more than 5,000 men and women over seven years. Some of them were not alcohol drinkers. What they found was that the wine drinkers scored better than the non-drinkers on various tests of cognitive function.
The women who said they drank wine at least four times over two weeks had a lower risk of scoring poorly on the tests as compared to women who had less than one drink during the same period. Those women who didn’t drink alcohol scored lowest on the tests.
The researchers say that drinking wine was associated with better results in cognitive function testing in women. However, that doesn’t hold true for beer and spirits.
But this doesn’t mean you will get smarter, just that wine may preserve what you have.
“I don’t believe that wine can make you smarter,” says study researcher Kjell Arne Arntzen, MD, of the University of Tromso in Norway. “Why female abstainers had lower scores compared to those with a very low wine consumption may be explained by other lifestyle related habits among abstainers, but could also be caused by a protective effect of wine on cognitive decline.”
August 19th, 2010