New research has investigated whether people with Alzheimer’s disease can reduce their risk of dying from dementia by drinking a glass of wine a day.
While many people would admit to enjoying the occasional glass of wine, when it comes to your health, many experts will tell you that less is always best. And certainly, drinking in moderation and sticking to your daily alcohol units limit is the healthiest way to live.
Now a study published in medical journal BMJ Open claims that as well as cutting the risk of dying from a stroke or heart disease, a glass of wine a day could also help to reduce the risk of dying from dementia.
Researchers looked at 321 people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and found there was a 77% lowered risk of death in people who drank 2-3 units of alcohol per day, compared to those who drank less or more.
However, the study authors (and much of the scientific community) have been quick to emphasise that results are still quite inconclusive and reduced death risk could be down to other factors including the fact that those who drink moderately are more likely to have a richer social circle, which has also been linked to improved life longevity.
Plus, it’s important to find a healthy balance. Many people aren’t aware that 2-3 units of alcohol is the equivalent of a medium-sized glass of wine or a pint of 4% beer.
Remember, too much alcohol can cause memory problems as it damages brain cells and can lead to conditions such as Korsakoff Syndrome.
Dr Laura Phipps, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
‘This small study suggests moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of death compared to those drinking only occasionally or those drinking more than four UK units a day.
‘While these kinds of studies are useful in highlighting trends, it’s difficult to tease apart cause and correlation, and factors such as general health, medication and previous drinking habits could also have an impact.’
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