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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: 2) by Thexalon on Saturday June 10 2017, @01:37PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 10 2017, @01:37PM (#523483)

    Just remember Dean Martin's Law of Drunkenness: You are not drunk if you can lie on the floor without hanging on for dear life.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 10 2017, @05:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 10 2017, @05:18PM (#523520)

    Sure that wasn't Hunter Thompson? Just seems like something he'd be more likely to say.