30 March 2005

alcohol and memory

A report in the January 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that elderly women who consistently drank one drink per day lowered their risk of memory loss and senility by 20%. It didn't matter whether it was a beer, a glass of wine, or a cocktail.

It's uncertain that this will translate into similar results for men, though there are indications that it will. Moderate alcohol consumption also has positive benefits with regard to the likelihood of heart attack and stroke.

Well, I'm not taking any chances. Now where is that bottle of port...