Can alcohol be good for your brain?

Moderate drinkers are 26 percent less likely to develop dementia when they get old. Might be due to the alcohol or to drinkers being more social in general.

Via Brain Candy: Science, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Logic, and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons:

An Australian study of more than ten thousand people found that moderate drinkers are about 26 percent less likely than abstainers to develop dementia in later life. The difference may be due to biology (alcohol’s anti-inflammatory properties) or psychology: moderate drinkers are social.

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