A while back I wrote a post about research that found that creativity is enhanced by having a couple of drinks (but not more). A new study shows that light consumption of alcohol can also help memory--at least for older people.
Science Daily summarized the study this way:
"Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory -- the ability to recall memories of events."
They add the warning that abusing alcohol is harmful to the brain. Two drinks good, five or more in one session, not good!
If you really want to delve into this, see my post about Michael Gelb's book on wine and creativity.