Doctors find that avoiding alcohol may increase the risk of dementia

(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers from the University of New South Wales conducted a survey study that showed that the risk of dementia is higher in those who completely abstain from alcohol.

The researchers collected data from 15 epidemiological studies on the relationship between alcohol consumption and dementia conducted on six continents.

In total, they included 24.5 thousand people, whose average age at the time of the start of the study was almost 72 years.

It turned out that the risk of developing dementia was highest among those who abstained from drinking alcohol.

Those who drank moderately or even frequently had a lower risk of developing dementia. The risk did not depend on the amount of alcohol consumed.

Participants self-assessed their level of alcohol consumption and could lower it. In addition, many drinkers may not have been included in the analysis, as they died before the age of 72.

As a result, the healthiest could be included in the study. The work had other limitations, so it must be treated with caution.

And, of course, the findings of scientists do not say that alcohol protects against dementia.

In general, data from different studies remain contradictory: some show that alcohol does not increase the risk of dementia, others that there is a connection and it depends on the dose.

According to the 2020 Lancet Commission, up to 40% of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed. The identification of new risk factors will enable action to be taken to prevent even more diseases.

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