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Excessive drinking may be linked to early dementia risk: French study

For the study, researchers examined data from 2008-2013 on more than 31 million French hospital patients, including more than 1 million who were diagnosed with dementia

Lisa Rapaport | Reuters 

Heavy drinkers may be more likely than other adults to develop dementia, especially in middle age, a French study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data from 2008-2013 on more than 31 million French hospital patients, including more than 1 million who were diagnosed with dementia. About 5 per cent of the dementia patients had so-called early onset dementia that started before age 65, and most of these cases were alcohol-related, the study found. “Chronic heavy drinking was the most important modifiable risk factor for dementia onset in both genders and remained so after ...

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 20:14 IST
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