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Drink Up, Ladies

Posted on Aug 18, 2010
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There are three kinds of studies we hear about. (1) Something incredibly obvious turns out to be true. (2) Something you like is good for you. (3) Something you like is bad for you. Obviously we prefer No. 2s, like this study out of Norway that says drinking wine—especially if you’re a woman—might make you smarter.

Boston University Medical Center via Jezebel:

A large prospective study of 5033 men and women in the Tromsø Study in northern Norway has reported that moderate wine consumption is independently associated with better performance on cognitive tests. The subjects (average age 58 and free of stroke) were followed over 7 years during which they were tested with a range of cognitive function tests. Among women, there was a lower risk of a poor testing score for those who consumed wine at least 4 or more times over two weeks in comparison with those who drink [less than] 1 time during this period. The expected associations between other risk factors for poor cognitive functioning were seen, i.e. lower testing scores among people who were older, less educated, smokers, and those with depression, diabetes, or hypertension.

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By samosamo, August 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment


Don’t think this is just for women because watching anybody
start in on the drink, both amaze me at how suddenly their
IQ’s have increased, much to their delight. So much more
intelligent that they can’t get enough words out fast enough
to… well, what I can only guess is to solve all the problems of
the world. That has to be very tiring as before too long, they
just stop talking and stare, then go sit down somewhere to
‘recollect’ those humdinger of thoughts.

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By terradea, August 19, 2010 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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Is it a person’s lifestyle that affects their cognitive ability, or their cognitive ability that affects their lifestyle. Women I know who do not drink are, generally, evangelical religious. In my experience, women who become evangelicals have lower cognitive ability to begin with.  Therefore, the lack of drinking is not directly related to their lower cognitive ability, but is, indirectly, a result of it.

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