Wine slows death by Alzheimer’s

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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

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