Alcohol and Alzheimer’s

Moderate drinking may reduce risk of death in Alzheimer’s patients

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Adding to the body of research suggesting that very moderate alcohol consumption may positively affect health, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark recently tied moderate drinking to a decreased risk of death for people with early Alzheimer's disease. In a study published in the medical journal BMJ Open, the researchers analyzed data on 321 Danish people with mild forms of the cognitive disease, finding that, over a three-year period, having about two to three drinks per day—no matter the type of alcohol—reduced risk of death by 77 percent, compared with people who had one drink or fewer. Noting that more research on potential causes is required, Frans Boch Waldorff, the paper's senior author, speculated that the greater chance of longevity is explained by some drinkers having strong social connections or generally high quality of life, not by alcohol itself.

Source: Time Magazine