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Mild to moderate consumption of alcohol can reduce the risk of dementia, study finds


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Keeping alcohol consumption to one or two drinks a day lessened the odds of developing dementia, according to a study of nearly 4 million South Koreans.

However, drinking more than two drinks a day increased that risk.

“We found that maintaining mild to moderate alcohol consumption... decreased risk of dementia” said first author Dr. Keun Hye Jeon.

Alcohol use can be a risk factor for breast and other cancers, digestive problems, heart and liver disease, hypertension, stroke, and a weak immune system over time, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are red flags for Alzheimer’s as well.

15 to 29.9 grams a day — the equivalent of two standard drinks in the US — the researchers categorized them as “moderate” drinkers.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Network Open and carried out at CHA University.

The study was observational, no cause and effect can be determined

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National public health institute of the United States.

JAMA Network Open

Medical journal dedicated to biomedical sciences.

Keun Hye Jeon

Assistant professor at CHA Gumi Medical Center at CHA University in Gumi