According to a British study, moderate drinkers are less likely to suffer from dementia than abstainers.
People who never drink alcohol are more affected by senile dementia than those who consume it in a moderate way. This is the conclusion reached by researchers in a study published Wednesday, August 1st, in the medical journal BMJ.
Scientists studied the cases of 9,087 British civil servants born between 1930 and 1950. They compared the rates of senile dementia between those who, between the ages of 30 and 50, declared that they never drink alcohol, and those who use alcohol within the recommended doses of between 1 and 14 units of alcohol per week.
Results should not encourage drinking
Results, the abstainers presented a risk 47% higher than the others. On the other hand, for those who had excessive alcohol consumption, the risks were even higher. The conclusion of the study is based on a statistical observation, without establishing cause and effect.
“In any case, the results observed among abstainers should not encourage people who do not drink to start drinking alcohol,” said the study’s lead author, Séverine Sabia, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Alcohol leads to many health risks (addiction, cirrhosis, cardiovascular diseases …).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dementia affects 5 to 8% of people over 60 years or about 50 million people worldwide.