Drinking Alcohol may reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Another study has found evidence that elderly people who drink lightly or moderately (less than two drinks per day) are less likely to develop Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.
The study examined over 400 people who were at least 75 years old and tracked their health for a period of six years. Researchers found that drinkers were only half as likely to develop dementia as similarly-aged abstainers from alcohol . Abstainers were defined as people who consumed less than one drink of alcohol per week.
The lead researcher pointed out that light to moderate drinking is associated with reduced risk of atherosclerosis, cardiac, and cerebrovascular diseases. Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have been linked with these diseases. Therefore, it's logical that anything reducing cardic and cerebrovascular disease would also help prevent congnitive impairment and dimentia.
- Huang, W., et al. Alcohol consumption and incidence of dementia in a community sample aged 75 years and older.