A new study has revealed that middle-aged adults with a history of drinking problem are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment later in life.
The study by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School highlights the largely unknown link between harmful patterns of alcohol consumption and the problems which may place people at a high risk of developing dementia.
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Iain Lang said that they already know there is an association between dementia risk and levels of current alcohol consumption and this understanding is based on asking older people how much they drink and then observing whether they develop problems. But this is only one piece of the puzzle and we know little about the consequences of alcohol consumption earlier in life.
What they did here is investigate the relatively unknown association between having a drinking problem at any point in life and experiencing problems with memory later in life. The study was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.