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Light Drinking May Delay Brain Aging, Study Suggests

The right amount could protect you from cognitive decline

By | Ashley Lall |

As we get older, it’s wise to pay more attention to our brain health if we want to avoid cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s dementia. Research has shown that adopting certain habits in our diet and lifestyle can dramatically increase — or decrease — our chances for developing an age-related brain condition. And recently, the science suggests that light drinking could help delay brain aging and slow down cognitive decline.

Drinking and Brain Aging

According to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia, drinking alcohol could delay brain aging — but only if you do it the right way.

The researchers aimed to study the link between alcohol consumption and changes in cognitive function over time among a population of middle-aged and older adults in the US. To do so, 19,887 participants were recruited and asked to complete surveys about their health and lifestyle every two years. They were asked questions about how much alcohol they consumed and how frequently. Any amount fewer than eight drinks per week for women and 15 per week for men was considered as “light to moderate” drinking.

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