Is it true I can be smarter than a non-drinker?


It’s time to cheers! Several studies in recent years have shown that drinking a moderate amount of wine, especially red wine is associated with various health benefits. Another study conducted in Norway further substantiates the fact of beneficial roles of wine in adults.  The study which was conducted on more than 5000 people demonstrated that moderate wine consumption is independently associated with better performance on cognitive tests. In other words wine makes you smarter, when consumed in moderate amounts.

About the study
The new study is a large prospective study involved 5033 stroke-free men and women (average age 58). All participants were followed for more than seven years during which they were tested in a range of cognitive function tests. The results of this study supported the findings from previous research on the topic and showed that

  • Women who didn’t drink at all usually had lower cognitive abilities than those who did.
  • Women who drink wine at least four times over a two-week period were at reduced risk of scoring poorly on the tests, compared with women who had less than one drink during the period.
  • Drinking wine, but not beer and spirits, was positively associated with cognitive function in women, whereas
  • Both beer and wine consumption was associated with better cognitive test scores in men.

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In the last three decades, nearly 68 studies comprising 145,308 men and women from various populations with various drinking patterns have investigated the association between moderate alcohol intake and cognitive function.  Most of the studies showed that light to moderate alcohol consumption can improve cognitive function and reduce risk of dementia, including both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The study is published in the journal Acta Neurologica Scandinavica.

The reason for positive effects was attributed to the presence of polyphenols (antioxidants) such as resveratrol and other micro elements in the wines that may help reduce the risk of cognitive decline with ageing.

The study examined the role of wine on the cognitive functions of men and women and showed positive effects especially in women. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor, it can be harmful for your baby.



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