A new study suggests that people who are moderate to heavy drinkers are more likely to reach the age of 85 without getting dementia or other cognitive impairments when compared to non-drinkers.
Moderate to heavy drinking has a clear definition in this study, according to Dr. Linda McEvoy, professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and author of the study.
“How we define heavy drinking is only drinking up to three drinks a day for somebody over the age of 65. Heavy drinking does damage the brain, particularly parts of the brain important for memory, so it’s a little unfortunate in the wording that they’re saying that our study shows that heavy drinking is good for you in preventing dementia.”
Previous studies have found a correlation between moderate alcohol intake and longevity. Does it matter what you’re drinking? Not necessarily.
“Our study didn’t look specifically into the kind of alcoholic beverages people are drinking, but the people in our study do predominately drink either wine or spirits, less so beer, and often, they’ll drink different kinds.”
She also says the study isn’t a recommendation for everyone to drink. Dr. McEvoy was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News