After debunking the heavily-circulating myth that drinking red wine could enable weight loss, the NHS published another revealing article on the correlation between champagne and dementia. Yes, you heard me. The two are related, just not in the way you’d hope.
Words: Denisa Rosca, Subeditor: Toni Hart
A study published in 2013 that recently went viral, suggests that drinking three glasses of champagne per week could help stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. According to the NHS, the study carried out by researchers from the University of Reading and the University of East Anglia looked at the possible effects of the phenolic acids found in champagne on the memory of rats.
This is how the study was conducted. For six weeks, three “lucky” groups of eight rats each were given champagne, a non-champagne alcoholic drink or an alcohol-free drink. Every day, for six weeks (can you imagine a six-week bender?). The quantity of champagne consumed by the rats was said to be equivalent to 1.3 small glasses of champagne/week for humans.
After being loaded with fizzy drinks the rats were assessed on how well they would manage to find treats hidden in a maze. The researchers recorded their performance both before and after this six-week period.
What the research revealed was that the rats that were given champagne had a better recollection of how to find the treats than those given the other drinks. “A slightly improved maze performance in a small number of rats does not necessarily translate into humans having a reduced risk of dementia from drinking champagne” NHS says.
So there you have it. Drinking three glasses of champagne per week will not improve your memory. If anything, it might lead to its impairment. Figures, Brain didn’t get all that smart from binging on champagne… But if you do want to reduce your risks of developing dementia cutting back on your alcohol intake is one of the first steps to take.