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Posted: November 09, 2015

Drinking champagne may boost memory, prevent dementia, study says

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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Raise a glass of bubbly this holiday season; it may be good for your health.

According to a 2013 University of Reading study, drinking up to three glasses of champagne weekly may "help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia."

The 2 1/2-year-old report resurfaced on social media this weekend, cracking Facebook's list of trending topics late Sunday.

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In a news release, researchers said the compounds found in two red grapes used to make champagne – pinot noir and pinot meunier – can have a positive effect on spatial memory and learning. As a result, bubbly "may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain aging."

But that doesn't mean you should tip back an entire bottle of booze.

"We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective," professor Jeremy Spencer said.

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