Moderate Drinking of Alcohol Reduces Dementia Risk

Drinking alcohol (beer, wine or liquor) in moderation is one of the strategies that can reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in later life.

That’s the conclusion of researchers from the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida (Drs. Ross Andel and Tiffany Hughes) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Dr. Michael Crowe). They carefully analyzed the existing research to identify how dementia can be reduced.

Abstaining from alcohol and abusing alcohol are both risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia.

Reducing the risk of dementia would help contain health care costs and reduce the emotional burden of care giving. It would also promote enhanced wellness and quality of later life.

The study is published in the inaugural issue of Aging Health.

 

Reference:

  • USF researchers focus on strategies to reduce dementia risks. University of South Florida report, August 9, 2005.

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