Older drinkers have better memories

Older people who have one to two drinks a day tend to have a better memory than those who abstain, a US study suggests.

However, a regular tipple in old age is unlikely to do much for executive function or overall mental ability.

Using data from more than 660 people aged 60-plus, the study shows that light and moderate alcohol consumption in older people without dementia is associated with higher episodic memory and is linked with larger hippocampal brain volume.