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Alcohol consumption 'may reduce Alzheimer's'

Alcohol consumption 'may reduce Alzheimer's'
18th August 2011

Moderate consumption of alcohol could cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

The research, published in journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment found that moderate drinkers were at a 23 per cent less chance of developing signs of memory problems or Alzheimer's disease.

While the mechanism of this process is not fully understood, it is thought that alcohol may have anti-inflammatory effects, potentially combating the brain inflammation observed in Alzheimer's disease.

In the study, moderate drinking was classed as a maximum of one drink daily for women and two per day for men.

According to WebMD, Rush University's Christy Tangney, said: "Social drinking can be a very positive thing as long as it is not excessive and doesn't exceed a drink per day for women or two drinks for men."

In other news, research from Yeshiva University found that people who have lived a long life may not have necessarily enjoyed a healthier lifestyle than those who did not reach such an age.

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