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Choice of Alcoholic Drink Could Influence Dementia Risk

21 years, 4 months ago

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Posted on Oct 27, 2002, 4 a.m. By Bill Freeman

People's favorite tipple could have a direct effect upon their risk of developing dementia later on in life, suggest results of a recent study. Lead researcher, Dr Thomas Truelsen of the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Copenhagen, Denmark, and his colleagues found that people who drink beer were more than twice as likely as non-beer drinkers to suffer from dementia in their later years - even if they only had one drink of the alcoholic beverage each month.

People's favorite tipple could have a direct effect upon their risk of developing dementia later on in life, suggest results of a recent study. Lead researcher, Dr Thomas Truelsen of the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Copenhagen, Denmark, and his colleagues found that people who drink beer were more than twice as likely as non-beer drinkers to suffer from dementia in their later years - even if they only had one drink of the alcoholic beverage each month. In direct contrast, results showed that wine-drinkers were significantly less likely to develop dementia than those who don't drink wine. Dementia risk in monthly wine-drinkers dropped by 60%, while weekly wine-drinkers were 70% less likely to develop the condition, however drinking wine daily did not appear to have any extra benefits. Meanwhile, spirit consumption was found to have no effect upon dementia risk.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.reutershealth.com on the 14th October 2002

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