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No link between dementia and alcohol

4th September 2006

A recent study has found no link between moderate alcohol consumption and the onset of dementia.

Scientists from Washington University claim that having one or two alcoholic beverages every day or two had no impact on either the onset of Alzheimer's disease or its rate of progress once contracted, reports the Miami Herald.

The study followed both dementia and control-group patients over a 24-year period and observed their drinking habits.

No difference in drinking patterns was found among the two groups.

"Daily alcohol use had no influence on the development of Alzheimer's disease or the rate at which the disease progresses," claimed Professor Monique Williams from the University.

"The findings should not serve as encouragement to drink alcohol," she warned.

Further investigations are underway to determine whether acute alcohol consumption has an impact on the disease.