Alcohol and Dementia

We all know that alcohol is harmful and addicting but it is also toxic to our brain cells. It contributes to chronic conditions that reduce blood flow and thus increases the risk for all forms of Dementia.

Recent studies of more than 1,000,000 adults who were diagnosed with Dementia during a five-year period ending in 2013 found that nearly 60 percent of early-onset Dementia was closely associated with alcohol-related brain damage, particularly those 65 and younger.

How Much Is Too Much?

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of heavy drinking is four or more alcoholic drinks a day for men, and three or more for women. If asked, these people would probably say that their drinking problem isn’t so bad. A lot of people drink more, and would probably disagree if someone suggested they had an addiction.

The answer is simply, yes. They have an alcohol addiction. Yes, many people drink excessively – daily, yes, many people die prematurely, and yes, there may be a direct link between alcohol and Dementia.

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you toward improving your life.

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