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Alcohol and dementia — risk or protective factor?

Dementia care

CEPAR researchers Professor Kaarin Anstey and Dr Ruth Peters published a review paper in Nature Reviews Neurology this week. The paper reviews the recent progress in research on alcohol consumption and the risk of dementia and discusses the findings of a recent publication from the Whitehall study. Anstey and Peters write this study confirms earlier findings that light to moderate alcohol drinkers have a reduced risk of dementia compared with abstainers and heavy drinkers. Importantly, the study follows a cohort from middle age, whereas most previous research on this topic has focused on older adults.