A new study says a glass of wine each week may protect your mental health by lowering your risk of depression. A study from researchers in Spain has found that older people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol—two to seven small glasses of wine weekly—were 32 percent less likely to suffer from depression compared to those who drank no wine.
Previous studies have linked alcohol to an increased risk of depression, perhaps because people drink to deal with existing depression or to cope with problems. The latest study came to a different conclusion, perhaps because it did not include people who previous had depression or people with drinking problems.
Susan Ramsey, an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, said it may be difficult to generalize the study’s findings because of its highly selective sample. “At this point, it would be premature to make any recommendations regarding alcohol or wine consumption as a means of preventing the onset of depression,” Ramsey said.
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