Moderate Boozing Boosts Brain Function

While a bottle or two of wine at night might be considered a problem, a couple of glasses might not be that bad for you. In fact, it might even be good for you.

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A recent study, published in Scientific Reports, suggests that low levels of alcohol consumption lower inflammation and helps the brain get rid of toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

This is but the latest study proving wine can be good for you, as it is can also help to reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases and a number of cancers.

“Prolonged intake of excessive amounts of ethanol is known to have adverse effects on the central nervous system,” said Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and lead author of the study. “However, in this study we have shown for the first time that low doses of alcohol are potentially beneficial to brain health, namely it improves the brain’s ability to remove waste.”

But before you reach for the bottle, remember than many studies have proved how excessive alcohol abuse can lead to many health risks.

The brain basically cleans itself by pumping cerebral spinal fluid into the brain tissue. To study what role alcohol played in all of this, the scientists used mice.

The mice who had 2.5 drinks per day were observed to have less brain inflammation and the basic cleaning system worked much better. Both groups of mice (both drinking and non-drinking mice) performed exactly the same when their cognitive and motor skills were tested.

“Studies have shown that low-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline. This study may help explain why this occurs. Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health,” said Nedergaard.

 

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