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posted by on Saturday June 10 2017, @04:39AM   Printer-friendly
from the sorry-ethanol-fueled dept.

Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with increased risk of adverse brain outcomes and steeper decline in cognitive (mental) skills, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

These results support the recent reduction in alcohol guidance in the UK and raise questions about the current limits recommended in the US, say the authors.

[...] Several factors that could have influenced the results (known as confounding) were taken into account, such as age, sex, education, social class, physical and social activity, smoking, stroke risk and medical history.

After adjusting for these confounders, the researchers found that higher alcohol consumption over the 30 year study period was associated with increased risk of hippocampal atrophy -- a form of brain damage that affects memory and spatial navigation.

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Anya Topiwala, Charlotte L Allan, et al. Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline: longitudinal cohort study. BMJ, 2017; j2353 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.j2353

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by butthurt on Saturday June 10 2017, @05:59AM

    by butthurt (6141) on Saturday June 10 2017, @05:59AM (#523405) Journal

    Yeap, you guessed it: the brits, USians and to a certain extent even the Australians can't sleep at night [over?] how much my smoking costs the health system (to date, none at all) [...]

    It's been proposed that warning consumers of the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol can lead to increased sales--and that advertising for those products makes appeals to the desire to harm one's health.

    Death or self-destructive imagery is a frequent aspect of subliminal content.

    -- [] [] (bibliography is at the "Endnotes" link)

    > the dose is only 1 social/political story per day

    This one has a DOI so it doesn't count.

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