Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Another study suggesting that moderate alcohol consumption is good for you. Dementia appears to be less probable for those who consume alcohol in moderate amounts:

Those who fared best were people who drank between one and three drinks a day. They had a 42 percent lower risk of developing dementia than the nondrinkers. Those who weren't daily drinkers but had more than one drink per week had a 25 percent lower risk and those who drank less than a glass a week were 18 percent less likely than nondrinkers to develop dementia.

The comments of Meir Stampfer, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health appear to lend support to the ancient tradition of toasting to good health...

"For people who drink moderately, this is another indication that they are not doing any harm. And for those who don't, if they don't simply out of health concerns, they might want to rethink that position," said

Finally, this article suggests that I might want to pop open a Guinness or a Leinie's the next time I sit down to read or study

Another possibility, the study speculated, is that low levels of alcohol could stimulate the release acetylcholine, a brain chemical believed to facilitate learning and memory.

Resolved: The next time I sit down to study Colossians, Covenant Theology, Calvin, or City ministry I will enhance my study, by making sure that I'm releasing acetylcholine with my book in one hand and a Sammy in the other.

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