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Sharp­ens think­ing

En­joy­ing a cock­tail trig­gers the re­lease of brain chem­i­cals that can help keep you on your A game. In a study in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease & Other De­men­tias, peo­ple who sipped one to two al­co­holic bev­er­ages per day had up to 10 per­cent more vol­ume in the hip­pocam­pus (the brain area that gov­erns emo­tion and mem­ory) and per­formed 15 per­cent bet­ter on tests mea­sur­ing re­call.

Eases aches and pains

Anti-in­flam­ma­tory com­pounds in al­co­hol dial down the out­put of pro-in­flam­ma­tory pro­teins that cause sore­ness and swelling. The proof: In a study in the jour­nal Rheuma­tol­ogy, sip­ping three cock­tails each week helped rheuma­toid arthri­tis pa­tients re­duce their joint aches and pains by 30 per­cent.

Revs me­tab­o­lism

Al­co­hol stim­u­lates ther­mo­ge­n­e­sis, the body’s process of burn­ing calo­ries to gen­er­ate body heat. A study in The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion found that this ef­fect in­creased sub­jects’ rest­ing me­tab­o­lism by 27 per­cent for 90 min­utes.

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