Research Brief: An alcoholic drink each day may delay dementia

Having an alcoholic drink each day may slow the progression of dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment, say US researchers. They evaluated alcohol consumption and the incidence of mild cognitive impairment in 1,445 people, aged 65 to 84. They followed up 121 people with mild cognitive impairment over three and a half years. They found that people with mild cognitive impairment who had one alcoholic drink daily developed dementia at an 85 per cent slower rate than people who did not drink alcohol at all (Neurology Online 2007).

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