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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 Runaway1956 on Saturday June 10 2017, @03:06PM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 10 2017, @03:06PM (#523498) Journal

    I bring home a six-pack. I drink one, maybe two, the rest sit in the fridge for awhile. One of the sons finds them, and scarfs them down. Rinse and repeat every four to eight weeks.

    Long ago, before the sons came on the scene, I could buy a six pack, drink one or three, and the rest would sit in the fridge for two, six, eight weeks, when I would drink another one or three.

    Longer ago, I could drink like a fish, just socializing with shipmates. About two sixpacks were my limit, I never was a "heavy" drinker. But, we did socialize often!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 10 2017, @03:09PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 10 2017, @03:09PM (#523499)

    HA! My son has some 'Not Your Father's Root Beer' in the cooler. I'll show him!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 10 2017, @05:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 10 2017, @05:36PM (#523526)

    I was reading your sig and thought "yup, only a 55+ community would find that story interesting" :D :D