Several studies have emerged over the past year noting the sinister effects of alcohol on cognitive function. In the previous article, research from a French study revealed alcohol abuse as a prominent contributor towards dementia, with heavy emphasis on early onset Alzheimer’s specifically. But why does this happen?
A study conducted on 360 patients from New York, Boston, Baltimore and Paris discovered that the type and amount of alcohol consumed played an integral role in impacting the rate of cognitive decline. The study found that heavy drinkers, those who consumed more than eight alcoholic beverages per week were at a greater risk of a speedier decline in cognitive function as compared to moderate drinkers who consumed one to seven alcoholic beverages per week. Results of this study also indicated that increased consumption of hard liquor presented a more prominent decline, however this was not the case with beer and wine.
In summary, heavy alcohol consumption accelerates the rate of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients, indicating a strong likelihood that it precipitates the progression of the disease, thus leading to early onset Alzheimer’s.