Alzheimer’s patients can live longer with Moderate quantity alcohol
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark claim that Alzheimer’s patients who drink moderately have lesser chances of early death.
The study first tracked 321 participants for 12 months and then observed them for the next three years. The patients, comprising those with early-stage Alzheimer's, were also provided psychological counseling.
The research found that those having three drinks daily had 77% lower risk of dying than those who had a mere one drink or even lesser.
Lead author Dr. Sine Berntsen said, "These results are somewhat surprising because Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disease and we know that alcohol can have harmful effects on the brain".
Dr. Berntsen said studies had earlier showed that alcohol in light to moderate amount could prove beneficial for cardiovascular patients.
Among other factors, the researchers assessed the lifestyle of the participants and how many drinks they consumed daily. Less than 10% of the participants did not have any liquor during the programme whereas 70% had one drink daily. A drink is equivalent to 10 milliliters of pure alcohol, one-third of a pint of beer or a half glass wine.
About 17% of the patients consumed two to three units per day whereas less than 5% drank more than three units daily. As many as 53 of the 321 participants died during the four-year research.
Dr. Berntsen said the patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's have an average life expectancy of eight to 10 years.
Dr. Siegfried Weyerer of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, who was not part of the new study, too said that alcohol in limited quantity had positive effects on cardiovascular disease risk and cholesterol.
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