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Thursday 28 August 2014

Odd glass of wine can 'save sight'

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

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An occasional glass of wine may protect against loss of sight later in life
An occasional glass of wine may protect against loss of sight later in life

An occasional glass of wine may protect against loss of sight later in life, scientists believe.

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Although heavy drinking is associated with poor eyesight, the odd tipple could be more beneficial than complete abstinence.

It may lower the risk of developing sight problems such as age-related macular degeneration which is expected to affect 700,000 people by 2020.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin examined the relationships between visual impairment and three lifestyle behaviours – smoking, drinking alcohol and staying physically fit – in nearly 5,000 adults. Those who consumed alcohol, but had less than one drink per week, were 49pc less likely to develop vision problems. (© Daily Telegraph)

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