Wine slows death by Alzheimer’s
There is good news for Alzheimer’s sufferers. A glass of red wine a day can keep you alive for longer, new research suggests.
A three-year study conducted by University of Copenhagen researchers found that Alzheimer’s sufferers who drink a glass of wine every day are significantly less likely to die sooner than those who drink more, or those who didn’t drink at all.
However, cautioned researchers, the results may not be down to the alcohol, but because the social atmosphere in the pub helps keep the brain young, reported the UK’s Independent newspaper.
More than 300 patients with early Alzheimer’s were monitored over the three-year period. Of those, 8% were teetotallers, 71% were occasional drinkers, 17% were moderate drinkers and 4% consumed more than three units of alcohol a day.
Explaining the findings of the study, Dr Andrew Sommerlad, a clinical training fellow at University College London, told the Independent that the results of the study were “interesting” and built upon other evidence that suggested “drinking small amounts [of red wine] is unlikely to be damaging and may even confer some health benefits”.
But he said such health behaviours – as the study found – do not exist in isolation.
“We know that social contact is very important. We also need to focus on a range of lifestyle ‘multidomain’ approaches,” he explained.
– Staff reporter