For seniors, a few drinks cuts dementia risk

Alcohol consumption — one to two drinks a day — lowers the risk of dementia, based on a six-year study of people aged 75 years or older.  Although there is no explanation why a moderate amount of alcohol is good for the brain, Robert Stern, Co-Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical & Research Programs, cited studies where the reverse — abstinence — lowers the risk of liver disease, breast cancer, colorectal disease, and diabetes.

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