Moderate drinking appears to lower the risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Scientists from the University of Southern Denmark Odense discovered that drinking around a glass of wine a day appears to lower the risk of death from dementia by 77%.
The study, entitled “Alcohol consumption and mortality in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease: a prospective cohort study” analysed the alcohol consumption in a total of 321 individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s in an initial stage. The results indicated that those who drink moderately has a lower mortality rate than others: abstemious, those who drink very little and those who drink very much. The investigators considered as moderate the consumption of two or three units of alcohol per day, the equivalent to a measure between a glass of wine (220 ml.) and almost half a bottle (330 ml.)
The risk decrease found its highest values when the comparison is made between moderate consumers with both groups with the highest mortality: the abstemious and those who drink too much. The conclusion is surprising, in what comes to percentage values: individuals who drink moderately have 77% less chances of dying from this neurologic disease.
Dr. Frans Boch Waldorff, one of the scientists, said that “The results of our study point towards a potential, positive association of moderate alcohol consumption on mortality in patients with Alzheimer’s disease”.
Dr. Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “Some studies have suggested that moderate alcohol intake could have a protective effect on the brain but further research is needed to explore this and help determine a specific ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption for healthy people and those living with dementia.” Current guidelines suggest that women should drink up to 2 to 3 units per day, and men 3 to 4.
该研究的标题为 ”酒精摄取量与有患有轻度老年痴呆症患者的死亡人数：一项前瞻性的研究。” 分析了共321名脑退化症在初始阶段的患者的酒精摄取。结果表明，那些适度饮酒的患者比其他：那些喝的很少很节制，或喝非常多的患者具有较低的死亡率。研究人员认为两个或三个单位间的酒精摄取量是最均等的，平均取值于相当于一杯酒（220毫升）至半瓶酒（330毫升）之间。