Drinking May Reduce Risk of Parkinson's Disease

People who consume alcohol appear to be less likely than abstainers to develop Parkinson's disease, according to research reported by doctors from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The results were presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

Parkinson's is an incurable disease of the central nervous system characterized by gradual, progressive muscle rigidity, tremors, and clumsiness. Symptoms include awkward or shuffling walk, stooped posture, loss of facial expression, and difficulty swallowing.


Reference:

  • Lange, D.P. Smokers and drinkers seem to be at less risk of Parkinson's diesese. WebMD Medical News (5-4-00)

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