According to a study from Chicago's Loyola University, reported in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, moderate drinkers — defined as women who drank one alcoholic beverage a day and men who drank one or two — have less memory loss than teetotallers.
Although long-term alcohol abuse can certainly harm the brain, moderate drinking just might have the opposite effect.
Why? Researchers speculate that the cardiovascular-protective effects of light alcohol consumption reduce the risk of "mini-strokes" that affect cognitive function. Another possible reason is that small quantities of alcohol somehow tone brain cells, making them better able to withstand future stresses.
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