Heavy alcohol use may be the biggest modifiable risk factor for dementia, researchers say

Heavy alcohol use may be the biggest modifiable risk factor for dementia, researchers say

TIME (2/22, MacMillan) reports that “an analysis of more than one million people” reveals that “heavy alcohol use is the biggest modifiable risk factor for dementia, especially early-onset forms of the disease.” The study revealed that “of the 57,000 people diagnosed with dementia before age 65, nearly 60% had been diagnosed with alcohol-related brain damage or with other alcohol use disorders.” The findings were published online Feb. 20 in The Lancet Public Health.

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