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07th Apr 2017

Science says drinking wine is good for the brain

We won't argue with that

Cathy Donohue

Apparently, a glass of wine is as good as an hour at the gym, and now science says it’s good for the brain.


According to The Sunday Times, a leading neurologist believes drinking wine “engages more of our brain than any other human behaviour.”

Dr Gordon Shepherd, from the Yale School of Medicine, explains that when you swirl the wine around your mouth, your tongue’s muscles, together with thousands of taste and odour receptors, work overtime.

This, and it sounds too good to be true, is a better exercise for the brain than trying to solve a maths problem or putting on some music, in his expert opinion.

Dr Shepherd has studied this subject for years with the culmination of his research published in Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine and he also acknowledges that a person’s age, gender and saliva affect how we respond to flavour and taste.

He’s also careful to warn against overindulging because when “you down the stuff”, you’re over-saturating your system and not appreciating the wine’s true taste.

It seems this theory applies to all types of wine too so happy days if you’re a Sancerre or Malbec fan… you’re still exercising your brain.