We've been told for years that red wine is good for us, but new evidence points to the idea that large quanitites of any alcohol - or just CHANGING your drinking habits (even from more to less!) - may actually be bad for the aging brain.
Researchers studied 1,300 women over 20 years and found that:
- nondrinkers who became drinkers had 200% higher risk of "diminished mental skills"
- women who cut back a bit on their drinking had a 30% increased risk of developing mental impairment
- moderate drinkers (7-14 drinks a week) were 60% more likely to develop mental problems
Of course, it could be the chicken and egg: Did people with mental problems drink more (or start drinking)?
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