Alcohol Use Disorder a Major Risk Factor for Dementia

A new study conducted in France analyzed the nationwide data for admitted patients in hospitals between 2008 and 2013 found that alcohol use disorders were significantly associated with dementia.

The study supports that alcohol use disorder be recognized as a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially for early-onset dementia. The analysis also showed that the risks are remain unchanged even after abstinence from drinking, citing that lifelong damage had already been inflicted on the brain.

In their closing, the researchers recommended that the risk of alcohol use disorder should be recognized, and that appropriate action such as early detection and intervention should be taken to reduce heavy drinking, and delay or prevent the onset of dementia.

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