the single daily zone

Deric Bownds:

I have a daily happy hour – a ritual I have imbued with an almost religious aura, in which the single daily drink is sufficient to put me in “the zone.” In spite of a literature that mostly says that a little booze is good for you, I still worry that I might be pickling more little gray cells than is desirable.

Thus a recent little gem from the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry is reassuring. A meta-analysis combining many studies concludes that compared with abstainers, male drinkers reduced their risk for dementia by 45 percent, and women by 27 percent.

There are caveats.