A Small Amount of Alcohol Can be Good for Your Brain

alcohol-brain1The ancient Greek temple of Apollo at Delphi bore the inscription Meden Agan ‘Nothing in excess’. Put another way, this means ‘Everything in moderation’.

This concept definitely applies to alcohol consumption, where a number of studies show that routine, moderate drinking of alcohol can reduce the risk of stroke and help maintain heart health. However, excessive drinking brings the promise of liver disease, memory loss, a higher risk of cancer, and early mortality.

Defining ‘Drinking in Moderation’

So what is drinking in moderation? Simply put, this means 1 (one) drink per day, typically with the evening meal.

Moderate amounts of alcohol raise levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol), and higher HDL levels are associated with greater protection against heart disease. There is also a strong correlation between good cardiovascular health and good brain health.

But these health benefits quickly reverse and become hazardous after two alcoholic drinks per day. (And no, you can’t “catch up” on the weekend either.)

So relax with your one glass of wine with dinner, and toast in the New Year with a small glass of champagne. After that, get a good night’s rest, and start January 1, 2016 with a healthy meal and physical exercise – all important for cognitive health.

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See also: Cutting Your Stroke Risk in Half