Did you know that excessively drinking on a regular basis can lead to dementia? Of course, we are well aware that excessive drinking is dangerous for many reasons, but now research has found that is has also been found to be linked to dementia.
Dangers of excessive drinking
Heavy drinking can damage the liver, heart and brain. It is also associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart failure. But it can also increase your risk for developing dementia. Alcohol is toxic to the brain and this can cause damage to your memory and be responsible for accelerated vascular brain damage. In fact, studies have found that those who are heavy drinkers at the age of 65 or older are at 3 times greater risk for developing dementia.
Direct cause or many factors?
It has been found that those who drink heavily are also more likely to smoke and suffer from depression. In other words, heavy drinkers tend to live an unhealthy lifestyle. All of this also plays a factor in developing dementia. Even though who drink in moderation could be at greater risk. There is a safe level of alcohol consumption that can help maintain brain aging, like having just a small glass of wine or a pint of beer.
Tips to improve brain health
- Drink safely and only small amounts
- Stay physically and mentally active
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Aim for a healthy weight along with healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Avoid smoking
- Play brain games
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