Japan's Institute of Longevity has released figures from an ongoing
study into longevity that men and women who drink wine made from
grapes or rice had an IQ 3.3 and 2.5 points higher than teetotallers.
The study measured links with human intelligence and what we eat
and drink. The study involved drinkers and non drinkers, aged
40 and above who were all university graduates.
"The benefits of wine and sake (rice wine) in raising IQ could
be due to substances they contain, such as polyphenols, which
are believed to slow the ageing process. It is premature to conclude
that drinking of wine or sake slows the deterioration of brain
functions in the elderly, or wards off senility. The research
does, however, suggest that this is one way to stay mentally alert
longer", commented Hiroshi Shimokata, Head of Epidemiologist Research.
Japan is a nation with the best age longevity records, at 76.7
for men and 83.2 for women, according to the latest Health Ministry
The Japanese have been drinking sake since the 3rd century AD,
but wine, mostly imported from overseas, has gained wide popularity
in the past 20 years.
Report Times (London) 25 November 2000