Moderate drinking may help reduce the chance of dementia

Lisa Wurth

March 3, 2011

A new study published by Age and Ageing has suggested that light to moderate alcohol consumption may be beneficial toward warding off the symptoms of dementia, although heavy drinking may contribute to the condition.

Researchers studied more than 3,000 participants at periods of one-and-a-half and three years and found that those who drank in moderate amounts showed fewer instances of Alzheimer's disease. However, there didn't appear to be any difference when it came to rates of vascular dementia, the second most common type of the illness.

Still, this suggests that drinking in moderation may not have a negative impact on mental health.

Individuals who are worried about cognitive decline may also want to invest in a medical alarm. This device can help older adults who may sometimes forget to take their medications, because it will automatically notify one when it's time to take pills with a medical alert.

The study didn't reveal whether one type of alcohol was more or less beneficial than another. Almost half of the participants said that they only drank wine, while 29 percent said that they stuck to beer.

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