This is certainly news that we’ll all say cheers for!

In a startling development that certainly won’t make you feel bad about drinking that third glass of bubbly for the day, researchers have found that drinking three glasses of champagne can help prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The scientists at the University of Reading discovered that the phenolic compounds that can be found in both pinot noir and pinot meuniere – two of the grapes used to make champagne – can increase spatial memory, enhance cognitive function and foster learning and memory retention.

One of the experts that carried out the experiment on rodents, Professor Jeremy Spencer, says the results were quite dramatic.

The researchers who carried out the study are getting ready to move on to trials involving pensioners.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the Alzheimer’s Society described the results as “interesting,” but added that more research is necessary and that they will be awaiting news of the experiments with a glass in hand.