Senior Citizens Drink Up! Moderate Alcohol Use Can Lead to Better Memory


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Moderate alcohol use by seniors can lead to better memory.

Oct. 23, 2014 – If you are a senior age 60 or older and do not have dementia, new research supports previous studies that have found moderate alcohol consumption improves your ability to recall memories of events – episodic memory.

Moderate alcohol consumption was also linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for episodic memory. The relationship between light alcohol consumption and episodic memory goes away if hippocampal volume is factored in, providing new evidence that hippocampal functioning is the critical factor in these improvements.

The researchers note that the amount of alcohol consumption had no impact on executive function or overall mental ability.