“Heavy Drinking Is the Biggest Risk Factor for Dementia, Study Says,” by Amanda MacMillan, Time
Quote: “Hot on the heels of headlines linking alcohol consumption with longer life comes new research that casts a much more sobering light on drinking. According to an analysis of more than 1 million people—the largest study of its kind to date—scientists say that heavy alcohol use is the biggest modifiable risk factor for dementia, especially early-onset forms of the disease. … People with drinking problems were at especially high risk of developing early-onset dementia. Of the 57,000 people diagnosed with dementia before age 65, nearly 60% had been diagnosed with alcohol-related brain damage or with other alcohol use disorders.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
You win some; you lose some.