A glass or two of wine a day but no more -- appears to protect older
adults from developing dementia, researchers reported here at the
International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease.
"Among cognitively normal older adults, one to two alcoholic drinks a day
is associated with a 37 percent decreased risk of dementia over 6 years,"
said Dr. Kaycee Sink, a gerontologist at Wake Forest University School of
These "moderate drinkers," who were at least 75 years old, had a lower
risk of dementia than peers who abstained completely or those who had more
than two drinks a day, Sink and her colleagues found.
However, she said she would not recommend that non-drinkers begin to use
alcohol to try to prevent dementia.
Dr. Sink also said that her research found that patients who had been
diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment did worse with any level of
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