Can alcohol consumption in middle age lead to a higher chance of dementia later in life?  The answer appears to be yes.  A report issued today by the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence declares the norm for healthy levels of alcohol intake needs to be reevaluated and suggests that any amount of alcohol consumed can increase the risk of dementia, frailty, and disability.  The research used to create the report found that one third of all cases of Alzheimer’s can be linked to lifestyle choices including alcohol consumption.  The report goes on to recommend that general practitioners advise their patients to reduce drinking alcohol as much as possible or better yet eliminate alcohol intake entirely.

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