Moderate Drinking and Dementia
All over the world, we are listening that alcohol consumption is bad for health. But, a review of 44 studies published since the 1990s, in which more than half were confirming that moderate drinkers of wine, beer and liquor had lower dementia risks than nondrinkers. The review was done by the researchers of the Loyola University, Chicago and published in the Science Daily.
Moderate drinking is actually good for health. It can lower the risks of dementia, cardiac disease, alzheirmer's, and other cognitve loss. According to Michael Collins, professor and neuroscientist at Loyola University Chicago and lead author of the report, "alcohol is a two-edged sword".So,an individual should be very cautious while consuming it.
“Too much is bad. But a little might actually be helpful,” he stated.
Moderate alcohol consumption generally is defined as 1 drink or less per day for women and 1-2 drinks or less per day for men.
Its still unknown why long-term alcohol abuse causes memory loss and impair cognitive function, but moderate use appears to have the opposite effect. One theory suggests that the moderate alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of mini strokes causing dementia.
One more theory was given by other Loyola professors that moderate alcohol consumption makes brain cells more fit. Alcohol in moderate levels stresses brain cells and toughens them. The moderate level makes the brain cells fit enough to cope with dementia causing factors.
Collins and Neafsey from the Loyola university suggests that people who drink in moderation, there is no reason for them to quit. But, abstainers should not begin drinking. People who are aldolescent, pregnant, and are about to drive are also suggested not to drink.
A study from the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Copenhagen reveals that wine drinkers have lower mortality rate than the beer consumers. It was also reported that wine consumers have 70% less risk of developing dementia than the wine abstainers after they turn 65.
A wine consumer lives a healthy life than a beer consumer. A study on wine vs beer consumers shows that wine buyers use more olives, fruit and vegetables, poultry, cooking oil, and low fat cheese, milk, and meat than beer buyers.
A healthy life can be lead by moderate drinking along with exercise, green tea, education and a mediterranean diet high in fruits, vegetables, cereals, beans, nuts and seeds that can reduce the risk of dementia.
Source : http://www.sciencedaily.com
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