Tarry for the Nonce

August 4, 2005

Hard Drinking = Hard Thinking

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:25 pm

To all the tipplers:

Research by the Australian National University in Canberra suggests drinking in moderation boost your brainpower. But none at all, or too much, can make you a dullard.

A study of 7,000 people in their early 20s, 40s and 60s found that those who drank within safe limits had better verbal skills, memory and speed of thinking than those at the extremes of the drinking spectrum. The safe consumption level was considered to be 14 to 28 standard drinks a week for a man and seven to 14 for a woman . . .

Surprisingly, perhaps, teetotallers were twice as likely as occasional drinkers to achieve the lowest scores.

Seven to fourteen drinks a week! I average maybe two a week! Does this make me a teetotaller?

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5 Comments

  1. Really? and here I am typing away when I should be out at the nearest bar working those little grey cells. Irish mead, here I come!

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 4, 2005 @ 6:19 pm

  2. 14 to 28? That’s just about my speed. I’m drinking just the right amount!

    This would explain why Baptists, born-agains and fanatical Muslims exhibit, um, sub-optimal intelligence.

    Comment by Mark — August 5, 2005 @ 9:58 am

  3. This would explain why Baptists, born-agains and fanatical Muslims exhibit, um, sub-optimal intelligence.

    hmmmmmmmmmm………

    generalizing a tad bit, are we?

    not to mention, racist, of course.

    are you profiling here?????

    Comment by auntlori — August 5, 2005 @ 1:44 pm

  4. are you profiling here?????

    Of course not. The only ones who profile are those Republican Christian Caucasians!

    Comment by laura — August 5, 2005 @ 4:12 pm

  5. Hmm, I better increase my alcohol consumption. I think I average maybe 10 a week, if that. Of course, this was conducted in Australia, so I am thinking the study was a bit flawed…

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 8, 2005 @ 10:55 am


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