Pop Some Bottles! Drinking Champagne Weekly May Help Prevent Dementia

11/09/2015 at 12:25 PM ET


Maybe we should be finding more things to celebrate.

A 2013 study from Reading University that touted the benefits of weekly champagne consumption re-emerged this weekend, captivating social media with the news that the bubbly stuff may “help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.”

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The key ingredient is the drink’s phenolic compounds, also found in Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, which work in the brain’s hippocampus and cortex, helping to prevent the loss of proteins associated with memory storage, ones that naturally decline as we grow older.

Other benefits on lab rats included an improvement in spatial memory, which helps with navigation and the performance of complex tasks and calculations.

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But that’s not to say you should make every day New Year’s: Study leader Professor Jeremy Spencer, said in a statement that, “We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective.”

According to the Evening Standard, scientists are interested in progressing the study from rats to retirees in the U.K. Can we sign up?

—Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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