Drinking alcohol after age 60 can boost your memory, study suggests

Previous studies have highlighted heart-healthy antioxidants in wine and fertility-boosting ingredients in beer, but new findings suggest yet another reason to continue hitting happy hour: Drinking alcohol after age 60 may help strengthen your memory.

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that among people ages 60 and older who don’t have dementia, light to moderate alcohol consumption can produce a higher episodic memory— the ability to recall memories of events.

Moderate drinking is defined as a maximum of two alcoholic drinks for men and one for women in a single day, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA).

The study, published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, revealed that moderate alcohol consumption was also linked to a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for episodic memory, according to a UTMB press release.


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