Like stress, alcohol in moderation can be good for your memory. Research has found that light-to-moderate alcohol use appears to reduce the risk of dementia. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003, people over age sixty-five who consumed up to one drink a day had roughly half the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease compared with people who didn't drink at all. Heavy drinkers, on the other hand, had a 22 percent higher risk than did nondrinkers.
Excessive alcohol consumption inflicts damage in two ways: through direct toxic effects on neurons and by causing a deficiency of vitamin Bj (thiamine). Thiamine deficiency can cause
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