This is quite an exciting finding and excellent news for people who like sipping on their favorite beverages every now and then. It seems that people who don’t drink alcohol at all are exposed to a higher risk of developing dementia late in life compared to moderate drinkers, latest research claims.
Long-term teetotalers are 50% more likely to suffer from various forms of neurodegenerative disease, according to scientists who published the results in BMJ medical journal.
Heavy drinkers, on the other hand, are more prone to develop dementia but this happens for different reasons.
Unlike previous studies, this latest one didn’t seem to find a link between abstinence and a shorter life expectancy as compared to people who only drink occasionally.
The study’s results were based on a review of medical records rather than the more scientifically rigorous clinical trials that are usually used to assess new drugs. The number of cases that have been examined has been relatively small.
Results show a potential protective effect of light-to-moderate alcohol use
The results of this study are quite robust showing possible protective effects of light to moderate alcohol use against dementia.
Sevil Yasar, an associate professor at the John Hopkins School of Medicine who was not involved in the study believes that the results should convince the government to offer funded trials to asses everything.
World statistics and results of the study
7% of the people all over the world who are over 65 years old suffer from some form of dementia. This percentage rises above 40% in people over 85 years old. The number of people with such problems is also expected to triple by 2050.
The research was led by led by Severine Sabia at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. The study also found that, among moderate drinkers, wine consumption was linked to a lower risk of dementia compared to beer or spirits, such as whiskey, gin or vodka.
Light-to-moderate drinking is defined, during middle age, as 1 to 14 drinks per week – this is the maximum limit recommended for both men and women in Britain.
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