Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of death for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease

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moderate drinking-care industry newsNew research from the Danish Alzheimer’s Intervention Study has shown a link between moderate drinking and reduced risk of death for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

The study looked at data from 330 people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, to see if there was a link between alcohol intake and risk of cardiovascular-associated death. Previous evidence has shown an association between moderate drinking and lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

Results showed that drinking 2-3 units of alcohol per day was associated with a 77% lower risk of death, compared to drinking 1 unit or less.

Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Despite some evidence to show that the occasional drink could have health benefits, this study is not a green light for people with Alzheimer’s disease to start drinking more.

“While this small study shows a link between moderate drinking and reduced risk of death in people with Alzheimer’s, we simply don’t yet know why that might be the case. Drinking is often a social activity, and factors such as social interaction have previously been shown to benefit people with dementia, so this could well have a part to play in these results.

“Looking at the effects of alcohol on people living with dementia, rather than as a risk factor for developing the condition, is a new idea. This could be an interesting area of research if it can help us identify social or medical factors that will help people with dementia to live for longer.”

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