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Drinking Alcohol Can Speed Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted May 17 2009 12:00am

A new report shows that that heavy drinkers and those that binge drink can begin to experience serious memory problems as early as their 40s, and that women are more susceptible to cognitive impairment because they metabolize alcohol less effectively. Heavy drinking may be characterized as 3 or more alcoholic drinks per day. The study mirrors one published in the U.S. last year that found that alcohol abuse can speed the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 4.8 years.Also alcohol slows the metabolism and adds many empty calories. The good news is a heavy drinker of either gender who abstains from alcohol can expect to see brain cells regenerate and improvements in key areas of brain activity.

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