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Moderate Drinking May Help Prevent Memory Loss

There's new research out on the health effects of alcohol. Studies have connected moderate alcohol consumption with lower risks of heart disease. Now research published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine examines alcohol's effect on memory and mental function in older people, and suggests that moderate drinking may help prevent memory loss and mental decline.

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Allison Aubrey is a correspondent for NPR News, where her stories can be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She's also a contributor to the PBS NewsHour and is one of the hosts of NPR's Life Kit.