My friends and I have often jokingly referred to alcohol as “smart juice”
due to its negative impact on reasoning. In an ironic
twist of science, we may have been righter than we thought. (Thanks, Dappled
Alcohol sharpens your brain, say researchers
It is news guaranteed to raise a cheer among those who enjoy a glass or two: drinking half a bottle of wine a day can make your brain work better, especially if you are a woman.
Research to be published tomorrow by academics at University College London has found that those who even drink only one glass of wine a week have significantly sharper thought processes than teetotallers.
The benefits of alcohol, which are thought to be linked to its effect on the flow of blood to the brain, can be detected when a person drinks up to 30 units of alcohol – about four to five bottles of wine – per week.