Down­ing the glass

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

In the largest study of its kind, re­searchers have found al­co­hol use dis­or­ders are the most im­por­tant pre­ventable risk fac­tors for de­men­tia. The study of more than one mil­lion adults di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia in France found that of the 57,000 cases of ear­lyon­set de­men­tia, 57 per cent were re­lated to chronic heavy drink­ing (five to seven stan­dard drinks for men; four for women a day). Al­co­hol use dis­or­ders were also as­so­ci­ated with other risk fac­tors for de­men­tia, such as smok­ing, de­pres­sion and hear­ing loss.

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