with early Alzheimer’s Disease have something new to toast
to: raising their glasses moderately may actually help them
small study shows that having a few drinks a day is associated
with a much lower risk of death for Alzheimer’s patients,
compared with those who drink more, less or not at all.
discovery came as a surprise to the University of Southern
Denmark researchers who conducted the study, especially
because alcohol can kill brain cells and Alzheimer’s is a
well established that drinking too much alcohol puts you at a
higher risk of developing dementia.
study, published December 11 in the medical journal BMJ Open,
scientists looked at the drinking habits of 321 people with
found that drinking 2 to 3 units of alcohol each day was
linked to a 77 percent lowered risk of death over a three year
possible explanation for the benefits of moderate drinking on
survival rates for Alzheimer’s patients may lie in who their
drinking buddies are. Perhaps, moderate drinkers have a richer
social environment — which has been proven to help those
with dementia, the study said.
results of our study point towards a potential, positive
association of moderate alcohol consumption on mortality in
patients with [Alzheimer’s Disease]," the Denmark
researchers wrote. "However, we cannot solely on the
basis of this study neither encourage nor advise against
moderate alcohol consumption in patients with [Alzheimer’s]."