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Important New Evidence on Drinking and old age
"Moderate alcohol intake could protect against cognitive deterioration in later life". Research reported by "British Journal of Psychiatry" was led by Dr Jorge Cervilla of the "Institute of Psychiatry" London. The findings were based on studies of 400 adults aged 65 to 74 over a period of nine to twelve years. Those who drank moderately showed lower rates of mental decline. Those who did not drink before 60 (teetotallers) showed some of the highest losses of mental agility. Conversely, a rapid loss of 'cognitive function' occurred in heavy drinkers.

Scientific research suggests a link between moderate drinking and a healthy heart and brain and may lower blood pressure.

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The World Alzheimer Congress held in Washington DC in July reported that one or two drinks a day reduces the risk of the disease.

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