Not only red wine but also white wine, beer and hard liquor appear to protect against mental decline in older women, two new studies have found. The studies are the latest to find a benefit from moderate drinking. In one, researchers at Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital followed alcohol consumption among more than 11,000 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study, one of the largest investigations into the risk factors for major chronic illnesses in women.
The researchers identified women in the study who were 70 or older and assessed their mental status using various tests of memory, verbal fluency and general mental skills over a six-year period starting in 1995.
Women who consumed about a drink a day (up to 15 grams of alcohol, or about half an ounce), the researchers found, had significantly better test results - so much so that in their mental performance, they scored about a year and a half younger than the nondrinkers and those who drank 15 to 30 grams a day.
The study appeared in the Jan. 20 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
OK ladies.. you saw what the doctors said, but it's up to you to make the moral choice between a long healthy life or eternal damnation in hell ;-)
Of course this time there will be cries of outrage over this Western conspiracy to corrupt the morals of our "senior citizens", instead of the usual noise about corrupting our youths!