A new research shows that Alcohol can increase the condition of dementia.Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia.A recent study also suggested that the number of drinks one had in a week could determine how long you will live.
The study was conducted over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France and looked specifically at the effect of alcohol use disorders and included people who had been diagnosed with mental and behavioural disorders, or chronic diseases that were attributable to the chronic harmful use of alcohol.
Of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia (before the age of 65), the majority (57%) were related to chronic heavy drinking. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines chronic heavy drinking as consuming more than 60 grams pure alcohol on average per day for men (4-5 Canadian standard drinks) and 40 grams (about 3 standard drinks) per day for women.
As a result of these researchers suggested that screening, brief interventions for heavy drinking, and treatment for alcohol use disorders should be implemented to reduce the alcohol-attributable burden of dementia.
Alcohol use disorders were also associated with tobacco smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, lower education, depression, and hearing loss, among modifiable risk factors. It suggested that alcohol use disorders may contribute in many ways to the risk of dementia.