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Moderate Alcohol Consumption Among The Elderly Is Associated With Lower Dementia Risk

March 2, 2011: 10:20 AM EST
German researchers who analyzed interview data from 3,327 people over age 65 found evidence that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption (10 to 20 grams a day) reduces the risk of dementia, including dementia associated with Alzheimer’s. The researchers said it could not be determined whether all forms of alcoholic beverages – beer, wine and spirits – have the same positive effect, but noted that earlier studies have found a beneficial effect from wine only, perhaps because wine drinkers tend to lead a healthier lifestyle. “Our study suggests that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption is inversely related to incident dementia, also among individuals aged 75 years and older,” the researchers said.
Siegfried Weyerer,et al. , "Current alcohol consumption and its relationship to incident dementia: results from a 3-year follow-up study among primary care attenders aged 75 years and older ", Age and Ageing , March 02, 2011, © The Authors
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