As if you needed an excuse to live the high life and indulge in the so-called ‘finer’ things in life, it seems drinking three glasses of champagne ‘could help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.’

Well, if it’s doctor’s orders, who are we to argue?

Here’s our 5 surprising health benefits / excuses to pop open the champers this weekend…

1. It’s Good For Your Health

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Drinking three glasses of champagne can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have found.

A compound found in Pinot noir and Pinot meunier grapes used to make bubbly, is said to prevent the onset of the brain diseases.

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Meanwhile, whilst we all know red wine’s benefits for your heart, champagne (predominantly made from red grapes) is just as healthy. One study found that the sparkling wine contained high levels of polyphenols – antioxidants found in red grapes but less intensely in white – can lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems.

2. Mastermind

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Academics have said people who regularly drink champagne up to three times each week could also boost their spatial memory.

Two years ago, scientists at Reading University gave some rats champagne every day for six weeks, then asked them to complete a maze. Without drinking champagne the rats had an average success rate in the maze of 50%, but that increased to 70% after some bubbly.

3. It’s The ‘Diet’ Option

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We all know the struggle. After dieting all week, sweating it out at the gym and walking to work (sometimes) we reach for a well deserved glass (ahem, bottle) of wine. Well, we deserve some sort of reward for making it through another monotonous Monday – Friday, 9-5 do we not?

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But this wrecks our diet and our weight stubbornly remains the same. The good news? Choosing champagne over wine or beer represents the diet option. Sort of.

A small flute of Brut (which means it contains no more than 12 grams of residual sugar per litre) champagne is roughly 80-100 calories, fewer than a 175ml glass of wine and far healthier than a pint of beer.

4. You’ll Be Ready For Your Close-Up

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You’ll be ready for your close-up, as unlike the drying out effects the likes of wine and beer like to wreak havoc on skin, champagne actually detoxifies the skin with antioxidants and lightening tartaric acid.

This helps even out the skin tone – making it perfect for those with oily skin. As its antibacterial properties aid in leaving last year’s breakouts behind.

5. Party Time

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Well perhaps unsurprisingly, champagne is an excellent party tipple. Particularly as we enter into the festive season, you may (or may not, depending on your alcohol tolerance/ self-control) be pleased to know that the average champagne ranges between 11.5% and 12.5% alcohol.

In other words – you get drunk on it quite quickly. But don’t let us encourage you…

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