It’s the news everyone who likes to celebrate with the fizzy stuff hopes for: that increasing your champagne intake prevents the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. There’s a compound found in pinot noir and pinot meunier – the black grapes used to make bottles of bubbly — that can fight off brain diseases and increase spatial memory.
Staying healthy by drinking champagne over costly drugs that may or may not work — heck, yeah. We’re not sure why the 2013 study from the University of Reading is making the rounds once again but we’ll hang on to any glimmer of hope.
Professor Jeremy Spencer, one of the researchers who carried out the experiment involving rats, described the results as “dramatic.”
He explained: “This research is exciting because it illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning such as memory.”
At the time, the scientists hoped to conduct further studies but considering that was over two years ago, it is unclear whether or not more research was done. The rats were said to be consuming the equivalent of 1.3 small glasses of champagne a week, but since no actual humans were researched, there’s no telling whether the results actually apply.
Snopes also points out that the study only looked at a small number of rats, and there was no significant difference in their result compared with the rats that consumed zero alcohol. So until further testing, we won’t become binge drinkers just yet. Though we’re happy to await some good news with an effervescent glass in our hand.