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Danish scientists: alcohol reduces the risk of death in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

According to the study, Danish scientists published in the journal BMJ Open, daily consumption of 2-3 units of alcohol (beverages containing 20-30 ml of pure alcohol) is associated with a lower risk of death among patients with Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage.

Previous work has demonstrated that moderate consumption of alcohol reduces the risk of death from heart disease and stroke, but alcohol, as we know, it damages brain cells, and in the case of dementia should have a negative effect.

Scientists have studied the data of 321 patients with Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage, held a 12-month program of psychosocial support, and found that those who daily consumed 2-3 units of alcohol, had a 77% lower risk of death than those who ate only 1 unit or less. Sex, age, Smoking, quality of life and other factors (e.g. living alone or with a nurse) had no impact on these results.

The researchers note that a similar relationship can be explained by the fact that moderate drinkers patients have a wider social circle, which is associated with higher quality and life expectancy.




Danish scientists: alcohol reduces the risk of death in patients with Alzheimer’s disease 14.12.2015

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