Transcript for New Study Suggests Alcohol May Speed Up Memory Loss
And next here, an urgent headline tonight about keeping your memory and drinking alcohol. The journal "neurology" shows that beer and wine speeds up memory loss. But only if you drink a certain amount. How much? The surprising results of the study from abc's matt gutman. Reporter: About now, you may have begun to pour that end of the day drink. A glass of wine or beer, or perhaps something a little stronger. But on this night, a word of caution. British researchers tracked a group of 5,000 middle-aged men for a decade. They tallied how much they drank each night and then gave them all memory tests. The results were clear. The heavier the drinkers experienced a more rapid memory decline later in life, than light drinkers. In other words, a 65-year-old could have a memory of a 71-year-old. The tipoff point could be when you start feeling tipsy. Those who had more than 2 1/2 drinks a day had greater memory loss. What effect does drinking too much alcohol have on the brain? Too much alcohol can have many effects on the brain. Including being toxic to brain cells. Or increase the risk of stroke. Reporter: The research says drinking all of this alcohol every night could sink my memory. But another study shows having just one serving of alcohol can help keep it afloat. So, the lesson tonight, simple. When you've had those two drinks, call it quits. It will lead to better memories. Matt gutman, abc news, miami.
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