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