A woman appreciates a glass of wine in Sydney. Moderate drinkers make better thinkers than those who tipple too much or not at all, a new Australian study says(AFP/File/Rob Elliot) Full Story: Yahoo News SYDNEY, (AFP) - Moderate drinkers make better thinkers than those who tipple too much or not at all, a new Australian study says. ADVERTISEMENT Verbal skills, memory and speed of thought were all faster and better in people who drank moderately compared to heavy drinkers and tee-totallers, according to tests done on 7,000 Australians. Men who consume 14-28 alcoholic drinks a week and women who imbibe 7-14 glasses a week were classed as moderate drinkers. The study, conducted by researchers at the Australian National University, interviewed people aged 20-24, 40-44 and 60-64. It said the findings were similar in all age-groups. Doctors Kaarin Anstey and Bryan Rodgers also found that those who drink moderate amounts were also healthier. "The research looked at factors including physical health, personality, social supports, friendships and enemies, and yet these did not explain it," Rodgers told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "It's a mystery." "We found that people who did not drink were more likely to have poorer mental and physical health, less education, and poorer lifestyles," Anstey said in a statement. "However, these factors are not sufficient to fully explain the results and further research is required to obtain a clearer picture of exactly what this means for our thinking abilities." --- SALUDE!