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Alcohol For Elders – A Glass A Day Keeps Dementia Away

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Benefits Of Alcohol In Old Age:

While alcohol is the cause of major health problems among young people, moderate drinking may sometimes improve memory and learning skills in elderly people.

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Light to moderate amounts of alcohol consumption associates with better performance on memory among older people.

Adults who consume alcohol moderately on a daily basis are more likely to live long years without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non drinkers.

What Recent Researches Say:

Researches from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky and University of Maryland state:

  • While not everyone will feel the benefits of a daily drink, however 80% of pensioners will do better with it.
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  • A regular drink may put this group’s cognitive abilities into reverse since their DNA includes a gene called APOE e4, which links to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Although light and moderate consumption leads to increase in learning and memory among non APOE e4 carriers.
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  • There are several mechanisms that may explain the relationship between alcohol and ability to think clearly.
  • It includes anti inflammatory properties, protection against dementia and many such issues.
  • It also controls stroke, coronary heart diseases and Type II diabetes.

Units of Alcohol Consumption:

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Heavy drinking accounts up to three alcoholic beverages per day for women of any age and men of 65 or more.

It includes four drinks per day for adult men under 65. Anything less than this accounts for  normal or moderate drinking.

Medical Views:

“Adults who are able to continue consuming alcohol into old age are healthier, therefore, have higher cognition and larger regional brain volumes.

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It is compared to people who had decreased their┬áconsumption due to unfavorable health outcomes”, said lead study author Brian Downer from the University of Texas in a recent press release.


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