Having a glass of wine with dinner isn't just good for your heart, it could also boost your ability to think, reason and remember as you grow older.
Researchers tracked the drinking habits of more than 12,000 women and compared them to changes in their cognitive abilities over two years.
"So just like there seems to be some heart benefits with very moderate levels of drinking, there also seem to be some benefits on your brain as well," says Dr. Fran Grodstein, with Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Fran Grodstein says the light daily drinkers had a 20% lower risk of memory loss compared to those who did not drink at all. She says the benefit was there regardless of whether the women drank beer, wine or liquor as long as it was just one drink.
Grodstein warns that heavy consumption or drinking more than one drink a day could have the opposite effect, leading to memory trouble and health problems.
The study is published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which defined moderate drinking as a half to one full drink a day.