Turns out wine has a major health benefit… as if we needed an excuse!

The last thing we'd expect to happen after drinking alcohol is for our memory to IMPROVE, but scientists have discovered this can be the case!

Drinking moderate amounts of red wine can actually help to reduce old-age memory decline, according to researchers as Texas A&M University.

It's all down to an antioxidant known as resveratrol found in the skin of red grapes, as well as in peanuts and some berries. 

The discovery was made during a research project which scientists launched to examine how resveratrol can benefit heart health and slow the ageing process. It turns out that resveratrol can also positively benefit the hippocampus, the section of the brain responsible for memory and mood. 

It's thought the antioxidant might even be able to help those suffering for severe conditions like Alzheimer's, in which confusion and memory loss pays a big part. 

Of course, we're not suggesting you start carrying bottles if red wine around with you – just a tiny amount of resveratrol is needed to be beneficial – the amount found in two small glasses of wine.

So next time you have a cheeky Friday evening glass of vino, don't feel TOO bad about it!

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