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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."

For all the details go to:




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."

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    Of course, many of us with heavy drinkers in our lives (my father, many of my brothers, and some of my sisters) know that their cognitive abilities decline earlier than the rest of us.
    Now we see studies to verify what we have seen firsthand.
    So sad.
    Thank you for sharing.
    611 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I may get dementia later in life, but it won't be from drinking. Alcoholism and cancer run in my family I might have one drink a year...Good to know, though.
    616 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    Very informative blog! thank you!!
    619 days ago
    Excellent share...Thanx!
    619 days ago
    Thanks for sharing both your private life experience and the links. Alcohol takes its toll on both body and brain eventually. My nephew drank from his teens until his death from it at age 43. An aunt died at 58 of alcohol. My cousin told me she had the bottle beside her bed and couldn't get out of bed without some booze in her. Horrible, horrible disease.
    619 days ago
    My mother has Korsakoff's dementia from alcoholism, also known as "wet brain". It's caused by vitamin B1 deficiency, alcohol prevents proper metabolism of B1. It isn't Alzheimer's, though, and cannot be reversed by taking supplemental B1. The damage is permanent and progressive. She doesn't have the next phase, Wernicke's encephalopathy yet (that's the staggering gait), but it's a matter of time if she lives long enough.
    619 days ago
  • DEE107
    thanks for sharing
    619 days ago
  • JAYNE3013
    My brother drinks a lot, he is 8n his 80's but so are my sister. He is the only one of my siblings that drink or have any Alzheimer's symptoms. It is so very sad. He forgets to eat but never forgets to drink the hard stuff too. So very sad
    619 days ago
    619 days ago
    I agree. I went to high school with a kid who's father was a alcoholic. G swore he would never follow in his father's footsteps. After high school I only saw him once. He looked ok then. We were in our early 20's. I found out from a friend of mine that G started drinking and died in his 30's. So sad. Too much alcohol can take its tole.
    619 days ago
    You absolutely were correct with your instincts long before all the findings. Alcohol pickles and does devastating things to the body. I am so sorry that you endured the suffering and I do thank you for putting out this information. .. I hope many people see it.
    619 days ago
    Certainly some amazing links and numbers there, thanks for that.

    Sorry for what you witnessed in your Dad.
    620 days ago
    Wow, thanks for sharing!!
    620 days ago
    Thanks for sharing !!
    620 days ago
    thank you for the information and very sorry that you went thru that. **SIGH**
    620 days ago
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