Research: Alcohol a major cause of dementia


Recent study has reviewed that people who drink alcohol heavily have higher risk of suffering from dementia especially early onset of dementia.

Dementia is a brain disease characterized by odd behaviours such as memory loss, agitation, delusions, occasional burst of anger etc.

According to an online publication in the Lancet Public Health journal on Feb. 20, alcohol abuse screening and treatment is likely to reduce the risk of alcohol related dementia. The research reviewed that alcohol abuse accounted for three time greater risk for all types of dementia.

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Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. The research reviewed that alcohol contributed to 57% of the examined cases of early onset of dementia which usually developed in persons below 65 years of age.

Dr. Michael Schwarzinger who led a research on this stated in a journal news release “Alcohol use disorders also increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure, which may in turn increase the risk of vascular dementia”. Tobacco smoking, depression, and low educational attainment were other risk factors of heavy alcohol intake Dr. Michael added.

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However, researchers have called for further studies on the link of alcohol leading to permanent structural and functional brain damage.

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