A long term study undertaken by the University of California over 30 years has found that over-65s who drink alcoholic drinks three times a day can actually expect a happy and healthy retirement.
The research found that moderate to heavy drinkers are more likely to live on average, to the ripe old age of 85 without suffering dementia or any other cognitive impairments compared to non-drinkers.
Lead author Dr Linda McEvoy says:
‘This study is unique because we considered men and women’s cognitive health at late age and found that alcohol consumption is not only associated with reduced mortality, but with greater chances of remaining cognitively healthy into older age,’
The researchers found that people drinking ‘moderate to heavy’ amounts of alcohol were twice as likely to be cognitively healthy compared to non-drinkers.
However, the researchers warn that excessive alcohol intake is known to cause alcohol-related dementia.
‘It is important to point out that there were very few individuals in our study who drank to excess, so our study does not show how excessive or binge-type drinking may affect longevity and cognitive health in aging,’ Dr McEvoy warned.