Category: Aging

Risk of Hip Fractures Reduced by Light to Moderate Drinking

The risk of hip fractures is reduced by light to moderate drinking. The alcohol can be beer, wine, or distilled spirits. Spirits are whiskey, gin, rum. tequila, vodka, etc. Reducing risk is important. Hip fractures, especially among the elderly, are a common cause of disability and increase the risk of premature death. The major risk […]

Risk of Dementia Reduced by Drinking Alcohol in Moderation

The risk of dementia is reduced by drinking alcohol in moderation. The alcohol consumed can be beer, wine (red or white), or spirits such as wkiskey, rum, tequila, or gin. Dementia refers to a decline in mental ability that’s severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily life. Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not […]

Risk of Osteoporosis and Drinking Alcohol

The risk of osteoporosis is reduced by drinking alcohol in moderation, according to medical research. Osteoporosis is an especially severe problem, especially among older women. It is a frequent cause of fractures that often lead to severe disability. Osteoporosis can cause bones to become so weak that getting bumped or even coughing can fracture them. […]

All-Cause Mortality Risk and Drinking Alcohol

All-Cause Mortality Risk Is all-cause mortality risk increased or decreased by drinking alcohol? Does it depend on how much alcohol is consumed? On whether it’s beer, wine, or distilled spirits liquors such as Scotch, bourbon, rye, tequila, rum or gin? Focusing on all-cause mortality risk is logical. Many people are more concerned with how long […]

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Readings on Drinking Alcohol and Health among Elderly

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  • Anstey, K. J., et al. Lower cognitive test scores observed in alcohol are associated with demographic, personality, and biological factors: The PATH Through Life Project. Addiction, 2005, 100(9), 1291-1301.
  • Espeland, M., et al. Association between alcohol intake and domain-specific cognitive function in older women. Neuroepidemiology, 2006, 1(27), 1-12.
  • Galanis, D. J., et al. A longitudinal study of drinking and cofgnitive performance in elderly Japanese American men: The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study. American Journal of Public Health, 2000, 90, 1254-1259
  • Ganguli, M., et al. Alcohol consumption and cognitive function in late life: A longitudinal community study. Neurology, 2005, 65, 1210-12-17.
  • Huang, W., et al. Alcohol consumption and incidence of dementia in a community sample aged 75 years and older. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 55(10), 959-964
  • Kalev-Zylinska, Maggie L. and During, Matthew J. Paradoxical facilitatory effect of low-dose alcohol consumption on memory mediated by NMDA receptors. Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 27, 10456-10467.
  • Maraldi, C., et al. Impact of inflammation on the relationship among alcohol consumption, mortality, and cardiac events: the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2006, 166(14), 1490-1497.
  • McCallum, J., et al. The Dubbo Study of the Health of the Elderly 1988-2002: An Epidemiological Study of Hospital and Residential Care. Sydney, NSW, Australia: The Australian Health Policy Institute, 2003.
  • Mulkamal, K.J., et al. Prospective study of alcohol consumption and risk of dementia in older adults. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2003 (March 19), 289, 1405-1413.
  • Parsons, J., and Im, R. Alcohol Consumption is Associated With a Decreased Risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Journal of Urology, 2009, 182(4), 1463-1468.
  • Ritter, Malcolm. Study: Mediterranean diet can cut Alzheimer's risk. Charlotte Observer, April 20, 2006; Bakalar, Nicholas. Nutrition: Mediterranean diet looks good for Alzheimer's. New York Times, April 25, 2006.
  • Rodgers, B., et al. Non-linear relationships between cognitive function and alcohol consumption in young, middle-aged and older adults: The PATH Through Life Project. Addiction, 2005, 100(9), 1280-1290.
  • Ruitenberg, A., et al. Alcohol consumption and risk of dementia: the Rotterdam Study. Lancet, 2002, 359(9303), 281-286.
  • Scarmeas, N., et al. Mediterranean diet and risk for Alzheimer's disease. Annals of Neurology, 2006 (published online April 18, 2006).
  • Sink, K., et al. Moderate Alcohol Intake Is Associated With Nearly 40% Lower Risk of Dementia. Paper presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease. Vienna, Austria, July, 2009. (
  • Solfrizzi, Vencenzo et al. Alcohol consumption, mild cognitive impairment, and progression to dementia. Neurology, 2007, 68(2).
  • Stampfer, M.J., et al. Effects of moderate alcohol consumption on cognitive function in women. New England Journal of Medicine, 2005, 352, 245-253.

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