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#1 sephardic-male



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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:56 PM

We've heard a lot in recent years about the potential health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. Yet physicians and scientists remain hesitant to recommend anyone start drinking, given that alcohol, and especially over consumption, can cause or contribute to many serious health problems.
Two studies released this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver suggest the physicians and scientists are right, as they provide further evidence of a possible link between binge drinking, and possibly even moderate drinking in later life, and cognitive problems.

Read more: http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz21UOOnJBx

Drinking alcohol, even in moderation, 'a dementia risk'

Drinking even "moderate" amounts of alcohol increases dementia risk, US research suggests.
The findings, presented at an international conference, challenge the notion that some alcohol could be good for ageing brains.
People who stick to recommended alcohol limits are still at risk, as well as bingers and heavy drinkers, according to the work.

The study tracked the health over 20 years of 1,300 women in their mid-60s.
Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.
The risk, ranging from mild cognitive impairment to full blown dementia, was higher among those who reported drinking more alcohol.
Women who switched from abstinence to drinking over the course of the study also increased their risk.
Those who drank alcohol "in moderation", meaning seven to 14 alcoholic drinks a week, were also more likely to develop problems with memory and brain functioning that can be a warning sign of future dementia.

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#2 jamal



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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:11 PM

its gotta be true cuz i cant type #### when im drunk

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

of course large amounts of alcohol can damage, but in regards to moderate alcohol use, firstly people with cognitive impairment are more likely to abuse alcohol. Next alcohol will magnify the effects of a mental disorder (pretty much the same with drugs). In other words let's imagine we have two people. One person is mildly schizophrenic or some such thing. The other guy is a mentally balanced Harvard grad. Both sip a few glasses of wine every night. The person who has a mild disorder already will experience a worsening of symptoms (possibly irreversible) while the healthy guy experiences absolutely no noticeable impairment. Some people can spare the brain cells more than others I guess. This is pretty much old news. I remember reading about this many years ago. It has all been researched. The primary focus of the research is usually with schizophrenics and marijuana use. But it's pretty similar with other mental disorders, other drugs etc.

If a person doesn't have any real risk for mental disorder, isn't drinking to get drunk etc. the effects aren't really large enough to be of concern. Alcohol will be metabolized by the liver pretty quickly. It isn't a persistent toxin, so long as the dose isn't high, again I would say any possible health (or enjoyment) benefits would outweigh the risks.

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