After a stressful day, you want to unwind. You’re only human!
Kick off your shoes… put up your feet… fill your glass with your favorite spirit… and you’ll feel YOUR spirits lifting.
But watch out before you pour a few too many.
Because new research shows that drinking too much alcohol can do more than take the edge off.
It can put a damper on your brain function!
And I’m not talking about a few “senior moments” here and there. This is about full-blown Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Now, you DON’T need to enact your own personal Prohibition to stay sharp as a tack. In fact, going “dry” might have the same effect as drinking like a fish!
You just need to know what the right amount is to reap the benefits of booze… without giving the Grim Reaper any reason to come knocking earlier than you might expect.
I know this may come as a shock. Until now, factors known to increase your dementia risk included genetics, head injuries, and poor nutrition. But now, we can add booze to that list.
In the study, published in the BMJ, researchers started observing 9,087 middle-aged folks and followed them for nearly a quarter-century –into their senior years.
They found that those who drank more than 14 units of alcohol a week (or about a glass of beer or wine a day) saw their risk of dementia soar.
For every seven extra drinks above 14, they saw their risk go up by 17 percent.
You may think the answer, then, would be to quit drinking altogether. But based on these latest findings, that appears to be an even WORSE idea.
In the study, the folks who didn’t drink a single DROP of alcohol saw a 45 percent increased risk of developing dementia!
The theory is that moderate drinking can protect you from developing conditions that have been linked to brain damage and dementia -- like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Besides that, many moderate drinkers are more social than the teetotalers. And enjoying a cocktail with family and friends can keep your brain healthy AND happy.
So, we know how much is too much… and too little… but what’s “just right?”
The study found that the perfect “Goldilocks” amount of alcohol to protect your gray matter is between one and 14 units a week – no more than one beer or wine per day.
One little tipple goes a long way!