Heavy drinkers have higher risk of getting dementia

first_img Source: DrinkAware.ieThe authors of the study suggest that screening, interventions for heavy drinking, and treatment for alcohol use disorders should be implemented to reduce the impact alcohol has on a person developing dementia.Premature deaths “The findings indicate that heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders are the most important risk factors for dementia, and especially important for those types of dementia which start before age 65, and which lead to premature deaths,” study co-author Dr Jürgen Rehm said. Source: Shutterstock/g-stockstudioREGULARLY DRINKING ALCOHOL can increase a person’s risk of developing dementia, according to new research.A study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France found that alcohol-related disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia.The study, published in the The Lancet Public Health journal, looked specifically at the effect of alcohol use disorders, and included people who had been diagnosed with mental and behavioural disorders or chronic diseases that were attributable to chronic use of alcohol.Of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia (before the age of 65), the majority (57%) were related to chronic heavy drinking.The World Health Organization (WHO) defines chronic heavy drinking as consuming more than 60 grams pure alcohol on average per day for men (about three pints of beer) and 40 grams per day for women. Short URL Share128 Tweet Email9 39 Comments Heavy drinkers have higher risk of getting dementia In a new study, the majority of early-onset dementia diagnoses were related to chronic heavy drinking. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,761 Views Feb 21st 2018, 8:51 AM By Órla Ryan Alcohol-induced brain damage and dementia are preventable, and known-effective preventive and policy measures can make a dent into premature dementia deaths.Dr Rehm added that, on average, alcohol use disorders shorten life expectancy by more than 20 years, and dementia is one of the leading causes of death for these people.In the study there was a significant gender split in terms of early-onset dementia.While the overall majority of dementia patients were women, almost two-thirds of all early-onset dementia patients (64.9%) were men.Alcohol use disorders were also associated with all other independent risk factors for dementia onset, including smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, lower education, depression and hearing loss. The authors said this suggests that such disorders may contribute in many ways to the risk of dementia.Read: ‘We’re failing children’: One in seven kids lost to homelessness, poverty or neglectRead: Minister says it’s ‘absolutely deadly’ that more people have availed of free dental and eye exams Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 8:51 AM https://jrnl.ie/3863064 last_img read more