A study by UCSD Medical School followed a group of people for 29 years with an eye on lifestyle and mental health. In tracking cognitive decline rates, it found a correlation between moderate drinking and brain health. The study is limited in details for drinking choices since it focused on a specific demographic and was performed by questionnaire which is subjective. But it does prove a correlation between moderate alcohol use and better mental health. Moderate drinking is approximately one glass of alocohol per day; men can drink up to two to see benefits.
- Moderate drinking of alcohol may have some health benefits
- This study only applies to white, middle class people
- This study did not measure the effects of heavy or binge drinking
““this study shows that moderate drinking may be part of a healthy lifestyle to maintain cognitive fitness in aging. However, it is not a recommendation for everyone to drink…””