Drinking Alcohol and Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease

The moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, or spirits) appears to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers studied individuals participating in the Rotterdam Study (7,983 people aged 55 of age or older) over an average period of six years. Those who consumed one to three drinks of alcohol per day had a significantly lower risk of dementia (including Alzheimer's) than did abstainers.


  • Ruitenberg, A., et al. Alcohol consumption and risk of demewntia: the Rotterdam Study. Lancet, 2002, 359(9303), 281-286.

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