Chronic heavy drinking linked to increased risk of dementia, finds study

Posted February 21, 2018

Drinking Dementia
Research shows that the majority of cases of early-onset dementia in people below the age of 65 were either alcohol-related by definition or had also been diagnosed with alcohol use disorders

Alcohol abuse is linked to an increased risk of dementia, with drinking disorders associated with a three-times greater risk of all types of the disease, a new study indicates.

Research published in the Lancet Public Health journal shows that the majority of cases of early-onset dementia in people below the age of 65 were either alcohol-related by definition or accompanied by alcohol use disorders.

Of the 57,000 cases studied, 39 per cent were alcohol-related by definition while 18 per cent had an alcohol use disorder as an additional diagnosis.

 

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