Study: A couple drinks may reduce dementia risk

August 17, 2011 9:03:22 PM PDT
Move over crossword puzzles - a new study suggests drinking alcohol is another way to fight off dementia.

Researchers at Loyola University found that people who drink one or two drinks a day were 23 percent less likely to develop dementia.

Heavy drinking is associated with a higher risk for dementia, and according to the study, wine is more beneficial than beer or spirits.

Researchers believe small amounts of alcohol may, in effect, make brain cells more fit.