Drinking Too Much Alcohol May Increase Dementia Risk
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
My father was an alcoholic for most of my life. Sadly my memories are of him being mainly a mean, hateful, abusive man who as time went by became more twisted. Thus I never got to know him as a better person which I thought must have been inside him somewhere at sometime. Perhaps wishful thinking on a daughter's part, but one thing I was sure about was that he had suffered brain damage from his alcohol abuse. Oh for years I read that there was no link between alcohol overuse and dementia, but I felt differently ....
And now finally there is strong evidence that indeed over-drinking alcohol is the number one preventable risk for dementia.
On Feb. 20, 2018, The Lancet Public Health published the results of a large study:
"The majority of early onset dementia cases are associated with alcohol use disorders or are alcohol-related, according to research recently published in The Lancet Public Health.
The study examined information from more than 1 million adults with dementia discharged from French hospitals from 2008 to 2013.
Researchers said more than 1/3 of the 57,000 cases of early onset dementia they documented were directly alcohol-related. Another 18% of those people had been diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder.
Researchers said the findings indicate that alcohol use disorders are associated with 3 times greater risk for all types of dementia."
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FYI: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines heavy drinking as 15 or more drinks per week for men and 8 or more drinks per week for women. Dr. Michaël Schwarzinger, a scientist at the French Translational Health Economics Network and lead study author, said that, " "the strength of the association” uncovered in this study leads him to conclude the thresholds for “heavy drinking” should be lowered."