Alcohol addiction may change neurocognitive skills in oldies

The negative consequences of heavy alcohol consumption on neurocognitive function gets worse with advanced age, the study said.

Updated: Sep 24, 2016, 16:21 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A new study has found that excess consumption of alcohol can cause neurophysiological and cognitive changes ranging from disrupted sleep to more serious neurotoxic effects.

The negative consequences of heavy alcohol consumption on neurocognitive function gets worse with advanced age, the study said.

Results showed that heavy drinking in older adults could lead to poorer global cognitive function, learning, memory and motor function.

Although the acute consumption of excessive quantities of alcohol causes neurophysiological and cognitive alterations, as people reach advanced age, they are more prone to cognitive decline, more due to the heavy dependence of alcohol, the researchers observed.

(With IANS inputs)