A new study out of UC San Diego brings good news to those of us who like to indulge ourselves with a bit of alcohol. Moderate to heavy drinkers are more likely to live to the age of 85 without developing dementia.

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When compared to non-drinkers, those who consumed booze at a moderate to heavy level showed 2-fold higher odds of avoiding cognitive impairment.

“By its (federal) definition, moderate drinking involves consuming up to one alcoholic beverage a day for adult women of any age and men aged 65 and older; and up to two drinks a day for adult men under age 65," the university said in a statement.

“Heavy drinking is defined as up to three alcoholic beverages per day for women of any adult age and men 65 and older; and four drinks a day for adult men under 65. Drinking more than these amounts is categorized as excessive.”

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