Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Query for Aging Patients: How Much Do You Drink?

New York Times
by Jane Brody
Pesonal Health
Although excessive alcohol drinking can raise the risk of dementia in older people, "there are emerging data to suggest that moderate alcohol intake — one to three drinks a day — is associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia," Dr. Ferreira and Dr. Weems wrote. In this case, they added, drinking wine confers the primary benefit; drinking beer, on the other hand, appears to raise the risk of dementia.....read the whole article

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