(CNN) — Low or moderate alcohol consumption might improve the cognitive function of older adults.
That’s according to a new study out Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study defines low or moderate drinking as eight or fewer drinks a week for women and about twice that for men.
It shows people who consume that amount might have a lower risk for dementia and better cognitive function.
Oddly, the study only show those benefits in caucasian participants.
The new research doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for older adults to drink.
A major study last year shows any amount of alcohol is bad for a person’s overall health.