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Alcohol is the greatest risk of dementia.
- November 30, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
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A team of research experts from France today published an article in the scientific journal The Lancet Public Health on the strong interdependence of alcohol consumption with the occurrence and development of early dementia. This research result was obtained after analyzing the cases of over 57 thousand patients diagnosed as suffering from dementia of one type or another. It is worth noting that this study mainly focused on identifying the relationship between alcohol consumption and the occurrence of prerequisites for dementia – at the same time, a team of experts proposed a comprehensive way to avoid this deadly disease.
They indicate that the onset of dementia can be stopped almost completely if a more refined program for quitting alcohol is introduced – this is especially true in the case of those patients who have a history of really great alcohol abuse. It is worth noting that according to the World Health Organization, excessive consumption of pure alcohol is determined by the rate of 60 grams per day for men and about 40 grams for women.
To be more precise, according to a study by French scientists, the immediate risk is not alcohol itself, but the diseases it causes and impaired functions of the brain and internal organs. The lead study leader, Jurgem Reim, notes that this risk factor primarily affects the problem of dementia in people under 65 years of age – this is called early dementia, when a person has not yet crossed the threshold of old age.
An analysis of the medical records of 57,000 patients who were diagnosed with dementia showed that in the vast majority of cases this was caused precisely by alcohol abuse. Although researchers also note that even moderate drinking is a big risk factor for early dementia – which is more common in men (up to 65%). In addition, diseases caused by brain damage to alcohol significantly reduce a person's life expectancy – on average, up to 20 years.