July 14, 2009
Moderate Alcohol Intake Cuts Dementia Risk?

Teetotalers are running a greater risk of dementia?

"As of yet, we still have no cure for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, so it is important to look for things that might help people prevent the disease," said Kaycee Sink, M.D., M.A.S (Masters of Advanced Studies in clinical research), a geriatrician and senior author of the paper. Moderate alcohol intake has been linked to lower risk of heart attacks, stroke, dementia, and death in middle-aged adults, but there is still controversy about alcohol intake in older adults."

For the study, researchers began by examining and interviewing 3,069 individuals, 75 years or older and most without any memory or thinking problems, about their drinking habits. Participants were asked about beer, wine, and liquor. The investigators then categorized the individuals as abstainers (non-drinkers), light drinkers (one to seven drinks per week), moderate drinkers (eight to 14 drinks per week), or heavy drinkers (more than 14 drinks per week). All types of alcohol were included.

The study subjects were then examined and interviewed every six months for six years to determine changes in their memory or thinking abilities and to monitor who developed dementia.

Researchers found that individuals who had no cognitive impairment at the start of the study and drank eight to 14 alcoholic beverages per week, or one to two per day, experienced an average 37 percent reduction in risk of developing dementia compared to individuals who did not drink at all and were classified as abstainers. The type of alcohol consumed did not matter.

Drink your wine with some fish to ensure a risk reduction. Then add vegetables and fruits spiced with turmeric for the curcumin which also appears to cut Alzheimer's risk.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 July 14 12:00 AM  Aging Diet Brain Studies

Wolf-Dog said at July 14, 2009 11:32 AM:

Is it possible that the non-drinkers have neurological problems that make them vulnerable to alcohol, meaning that they feel so uncomfortable with even one glass of wine or beer that they can drink very rarely? This would change the statistics.

Andrew the Noisy said at July 14, 2009 2:41 PM:

I popped open a beer after reading this. I feel better already.

Techie said at July 14, 2009 3:58 PM:

So the "plenty of red wine, sunlight, and olive oil" approach still works. I'll stick with it then.

Rbarry said at July 14, 2009 5:02 PM:

Well one more reason to go to college. I didn't know about Boones farm or Lambrusco before my 4 years at Marietta College. Thanks MC!

BobB said at July 14, 2009 6:07 PM:

One more reason to support home brewing. Make you own medicine.....

schizoid said at July 15, 2009 2:28 AM:

The article doesn't mention how the heavy drinkers with no cognitive impairment did. I assume that means they did even better than the abstainers and moderate drinkers so I will now chug 10 beers to ward off dementia.

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