Changing your drinking habits might be bad for the aging brain

5 years ago

We've been told for years that red wine is good for us, but new evidence points to the idea that large quanitites of any alcohol - or just CHANGING your drinking habits (even from more to less!) - may actually be bad for the aging brain.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/07/18/alcohol-m…

Researchers studied 1,300 women over 20 years and found that:

- nondrinkers who became drinkers had 200% higher risk of "diminished mental skills"

- women who cut back a bit on their drinking had a 30% increased risk of developing mental impairment

- moderate drinkers (7-14 drinks a week) were 60% more likely to develop mental problems

Of course, it could be the chicken and egg: Did people with mental problems drink more (or start drinking)? 

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