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Drink daily, keep dementia at bay

Last Updated: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 10:49

New Delhi: A study has found that older people who continue to drink a glass of alcohol everyday are less likely to develop dementia.

Scientists found that pensioners, 75 or over, who like a pint of beer, glass of wine or a reviving tot, are helping to stave off senility.

They are 30 per cent less likely to develop dementia and 40 per cent less likely to suffer Alzheimer`s than those who don`t drink.

Some 3,200 older Germans attending GPs and free of dementia, were studied and checked 18 months and three years later.

"Some 217 met criteria for dementia during follow-up," the Daily Express quoted a research group spokesman as saying.

The beneficial statistics of drinking alcohol then emerged. It suggests light to moderate consumption is inversely related to dementia incidence.

"Elderly folk handle alcohol more responsibly than the young and may derive greater health benefits from moderate drinking," Dr Harvey Finkel, of Boston University, said about the findings.

"Age is not a reason for abstinence," he stated.


First Published: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 10:49
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