Large Study Finds Alcohol Use Biggest Risk Factor for Dementia

July 9, 2018

Scientists have been looking for the cause of dementia for decades. And they may have just found the answer they’ve been looking for - and it’s nothing short of shocking. Dementia, particularly early onset dementia, could be the result of a slow, self-administered poison.

As you may know, the difference between a substance being good for you and having it turn into a poison is a matter of dose. So you may not realize you’re poisoning yourself until it’s too late. That’s what these researchers discovered.

The poison, in this case, is alcohol. The researchers in this study found that constant alcohol abuse can lead to early onset dementia (before age 65), as well as other mental and behavioral disorders and even some chronic illnesses.

But the early onset dementia connection was the most shocking. Of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia the researchers evaluated, 57% of them were related to chronic heavy drinking. That’s more than half of the cases.

There are plenty of studies showing moderate (one to two glasses per day) alcohol consumption can be good for you. But the researchers found that when women drink three or more glasses per day and men drink four or more, the alcohol turns from a benefit to a poison.

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This is serious. Study co-author and director of the CAMH Institute for Mental Health Policy Research Dr. Jürgen Rehm shows how serious it is: “The findings indicate that heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders are the most important risk factors for dementia, and especially important for those types of dementia which start before age 65, and which lead to premature deaths.” Dr. Rehm says that, on average, alcohol abuse disorders shorten life expectancy by more than 20 years. What’s more, dementia is one of the leading causes of death for these people.

The researchers also found that alcohol abuse tends to lead to other problems. Those who drink excessively also suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and hearing loss.

Another study found that heavy drinking in adolescence can cause dementia in adults. While the study was in mice, it confirms the first study and shows just how susceptible our brains are to alcohol poisoning.

The researchers didn’t give much hope for those with alcohol-induced dementia, but there are nutrients that can help stop the damage from getting worse - and even help restore some of the damage. You’ll find those nutrients in Advanced Memory Formula. Of course, you’ll need to greatly reduce or eliminate your alcohol consumption to see real results.

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