It's been revealed that daily drinking could make you healthier

While we scold ourselves for having a few too many vinos through the week, it actually could be to our benefit - according to a newly released study from the University of Georgia, US.

Shared on the Daily Mail, the research reveals that a glass of wine or a pint of beer a day could potentially help the middle-aged and elderly warn off dementia and maintain brain power. 

The scientists who published their findings detailed that eight alcholic drinks a week for women and 15 more men slows down cognitive decline leading to better memory and vocabulary. 

Even those who enjoy a smaller tipple seemed to have reaped the benefits!

The study analysed data from 19,887 people from the US Health and Retirement Study, which included people who don't drink to light-moderate drinkers.

Each person was tested every two years between 1997 and 2008 to see any changes in total cognition, word recall, vocabulary and mental status.

When the results came in, they were fascinating. 

Scientists found that light-moderate drinkers were 'significantly less likely' to be suffering from declines in the four factors measured than people who didn't drink.

However, one of the scientists and lead authors of the paper further added that while the results were interesting, it really is a case of balance for overall health. 

"The mechanisms underlying the beneficial association of low to moderate alcohol consumption with cognitive function are unclear,' Dr Li Changwei from the University of Georgia said. 

"Several studies have found that low to moderate alcohol consumption is associated with better cardiovascular functions, fewer cardiac events, and longer survival compared with abstainers and heavy drinkers.

"However, a recent study found that alcohol consumption increases the risk of hypertension and stroke regardless of dose, which decreases the likelihood of this potential mechanism.

"The role of alcohol drinking in cognitive function may be a balance of its beneficial and harmful effects on the cardiovascular system."

While we love the idea of wine solving our problems, it may be better to stick to a balanced diet.

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