Heavy drinkers have higher risk of getting dementia

GETTYExperts said even hitting the bottle occasionally can have adverse affects on brain health

GETTYExperts said even hitting the bottle occasionally can have adverse affects on brain health

But overall, people who drink to "chronic" levels were 3.35 times more likely to develop dementia at any age compared to more moderate drinkers.

The study also showed that the average age of dementia onset differed between men and women.

For the new study, researchers combed through medical records of more than one million adults in France diagnosed with dementia from 2008 to 2013. In doing so, they discovered a link between alcohol use disorders and an increased risk of all types of dementia - especially early-onset dementia.

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.

Dr Schwarzinger added: "Our findings suggest that the burden of dementia attributable to alcohol use disorders is much larger than previously thought, suggesting that heavy drinking should be recognised as a major risk factor for all types of dementia".

The nationwide observational study used data from the French National Hospital Discharge database.

Scientists who looked at 57,000 cases of dementia diagnosed before the age of 65 found that 39% could be attributed to alcohol-related brain damage. Alcohol use disorders remained associated with an increased risk for vascular and other dementias even after excluding alcohol-related brain damage, according to the findings.

The majority of cases of early-onset dementia are now caused by alcohol, major research suggests.

That equates to around six or more standard drinks for men and four for women.

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Alcohol is now the sixth most common cause of disability among people in their 50s and 60s, up from 16th in 1990.

Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to cognitive decline and permanent brain damage.

Schwarzinger said the information collected showed that once the brain was affected by alcohol consumption, there was no way of repairing the damage. They identified alcohol use disorders by discharge codes of mental and behavioral disorders stemming from former or current chronic, harmful alcohol use, or chronic diseases attributable to alcohol use disorders like alcoholic liver disease.

"Dementia is one of the quickest increasing and most disabling disease clusters now, and very important for public health", Rehm says. The authors also noted that only the most severe cases of alcohol use disorder - ones involving hospitalization - were included in the study.

Prof Woodward is sceptical about the introduction of such measures in Australia without harder evidence to prove that alcohol causes dementia.

It also raises the risk of head injuries, stroke and heart problems, which in turn can lead to increased dementia risk.

"But people who are drinking moderate amounts of alcohol shouldn't cut back because of this study".

Heavy drinking is defined by the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency as drinking at least 60 g of pure alcohol daily for men and at least 40 g for women per day, the authors explained.

Dr Doug Brown, of the Alzheimer's Society, said last night: 'The study doesn't change the advice to stick to no more than 14 units a week. "And do everything in moderation".

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