MCI is the term scientists use to differentiate
the stage between the normal memory loss associated
with ageing and dementia.
"While many studies have assessed alcohol consumption
and cognitive function in the elderly, this is the first
study to look at how alcohol consumption affects the
rate of progression of mild cognitive impairment to
dementia," explained one of the report's authors,
"The arrangement of blood vessels in the brain
may play a role in why alcohol consumption appears to
protect against dementia. This would support other observations
that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect
the brain from stroke and vascular dementia."
As wine is a major part of the diets of several popular
retirement locations - such as France and Italy - it
is possible that retiring to the sun and embracing the
local culture could help prevent dementia.
<The study does not clarify or address the benefits
in this old age if you had been drinking wine regularly
when you were young. By linking to sojourn in the sun,
it also raises a doubt whether the benefits have been
due to wine or the sun- editor>