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Moderate Drinking May Reduce Risk of Death in Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

While moderate drinking has been linked to a lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, alcohol is also known to damage brain cells, which could potentially be harmful to people with early-stage Alzheimer’s. However, researchers at the University of Copenhagen found in a new study that moderate drinking is actually linked to a reduced risk of death for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s.

For their study, the researchers analyzed data from 321 people with early stage Alzheimer’s who participated in the Danish Alzheimer’s Intervention Study (DAISY).  Early stage Alzheimer’s was defined as a score of 20 or less on the Mini Mental State Exam. The DAISY study assessed the impact of a 12 month program of psychosocial intervention in people with early stage Alzheimer’s. Progress of the participants was tracked for 3 years following the intervention.

Information on the amount of alcohol the participants consumed was also gathered.  Approximately 8% drank no alcohol, 4% drank more than 3 units of alcohol daily, 71% drank 1 or fewer units daily and 17% drank 2-3 units daily.

16.5% of the participants died during the monitoring period. The researchers found that those who consumed 2-3 units of alcohol per day had a 77% lower risk of dying compared to those who drank 1 or fewer units daily. No significant difference was found between those drinking no alcohol and those drinking 3 or more units per day. The findings held true after adjusting for lifestyle differences such as educational attainment, smoking and quality of life.

The researchers recommend that further research be conducted to determine the impact of alcohol on cognitive decline and disease progression in people with early stage Alzheimer’s. The study was published online on December 11, 2015, in BMJ Open.

A number of previous studies have found health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption such as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and gallstones. It is important to bear in the mind that these benefits are associated with moderate drinking and that the negative effects of heavy drinking quickly overcome the potential benefits that are associated with 1-2 drinks a night.
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