Why middle age is the ideal time to buy wine

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The 21st century has seen a revolution so far, with younger and younger drinkers choosing to buy wine, rather than the alcopops that were so popular around the end of the 20th century.

Wine has become the go-to drink for people of all ages, and it is not unusual to see men opt for wine over beer, especially when it is consumed with a meal.

But that does not mean wine's traditional demographic of adults nearing middle age should look to other drinks - in fact, newly published research indicates why middle age could be the best time of all to buy wine.

A study that is making headlines all over the world has been published in the journal Scientific Reports by a team from Texas and North Carolina.

They looked at resveratrol - a compound you may have heard of before that occurs in red wine, and has been linked with a range of different health benefits.

In tests run on rats, those given resveratrol showed improved mood and memory compared with a control group, suggesting that the compound can be good for mental health.

The scientists wrote: "These results provide novel evidence that resveratrol treatment in late middle age is efficacious for improving memory and mood function in old age."

So don't be put off by an increase in younger wine drinkers - the middle aged buyers among us have every good reason to reach for a bottle of red.