Alcoholics at Higher Risk of Dementia

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Researchers reveal link between heavy alcohol consumption and presence of chronic diseases and mental disorders such as Dementia, according to a study published by the Lancet Public Health journal on March 8, 2018.

The study included 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia, specifically of among people aged below 65 years. The results showed that majority i.e. 57% of these cases were related to chronic heavy drinking.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic heavy drinking is consuming over 60 grams of pure alcohol on average per day for men, and 40 grams per day for women.

“The findings indicate that heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders are the most important risk factors for dementia, and especially important for those types of dementia which start before age 65, and which lead to premature deaths. Alcohol-induced brain damage and dementia are preventable, and known-effective preventive and policy measures can make a dent into premature dementia deaths.” says Dr. Jürgen Rehm, lead author of the study.

The study points out that alcohol-related disorders shorten life expectancy by over 20 years, and dementia is the leading cause of death for these people.

Alcohol use disorders could also be associated with other independent risk factors, including tobacco smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, lower education, depression, and hearing loss, among modifiable risk factors.

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