NEW reports have found that a mild Alzheimer sufferers, who drink on average two to three units of alcohol per day have a lower risk of death.
Studies suggest that alcohol consumption may not be solely harmful. In fact, moderate alcohol consumption seems to have beneficial effects on various parts of our health, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.
Drinking alcohol is usually linked to severe negative effects on physiological and psychological health.
Alcohol is known to damage brain cells, and given that dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder, drinking might be harmful in those with the condition.
Most of the research sample (71%) drank 1 or fewer units a day; 17% drank 2-3 units.
During the monitoring period, 53 (16.5%) of those with mild Alzheimer’s disease died. Consumption of 2-3 units of alcohol every day was associated with a 77% lowered risk of death compared with a tally of 1 or fewer daily units.
There was no significant difference in death rates among those drinking no alcohol or more than 3 units every day compared with those drinking 1 or fewer daily units.
This comes after the news that middle-class children are at a greater risk of becoming alcoholics.
Young people from middle-class backgrounds are also more likely to have tried alcohol and to continue with the habit once they have started, said the survey of 120,000 15-year-olds.
By James Gaukroger