A recent study on neurology published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has claimed that 'moderate' alcohol consumption might actually be good for you as it may help in preserving brain function in old age. The study "Association of Low to Moderate Alcohol Drinking With Cognitive Functions From Middle to Older Age Among US Adults" conducted among middle-aged and older people in the US shows that moderate consumption of alcohol might preserve memory or thinking skills.

The study by the doctoral students from The University of Georgia was conducted on 19,887 participants for nine years and one month. The results of the study were published by JAMA's Network Open and showed that participants who consumed one or two drinks per day tended to perform better in terms of cognitive attributes than those who never consumed alcohol or had just a couple of drinks.


The team mainly measured the cognitive attributes of humans such as memory, logical reasoning, perception, vocabulary language, and overall mental status.

"We know there are some older people who believe that drinking a little wine every day could maintain a good cognitive condition," Science Daily quoted the lead author Ruiyuan Zhang who is also a doctoral student at UGA College of Public Health.

"We wanted to know if drinking a small amount of alcohol actually correlates with a good cognitive function, or is it just a kind of survivor bias," he further added.


The outcome of the study suggests that women can consume eight alcoholic drinks per week, whereas men can consume 15 drinks per week. Ruiyuan Zhang also clarified that they are not encouraging people to drink to prevent cognitive function decimation.

He said, "It is hard to say this effect is causal. So, if some people don't drink alcoholic beverages, this study does not encourage them to drink to prevent cognitive function decline."

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma