Chronic heavy drinking is a major riskfactor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease,according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health.
Researchers examining more than 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia in France found that well over half were either alcohol-related, or accompanied by an additional diagnosis of alcohol abuse.
Overall, alcohol use disorders were associated with a three-fold higherrisk of all types of dementia.
Alzheimers and other forms of dementia are said to be premature beforethe age of 65.
Previous research was inconclusive on the effect of alcohol on cognitivehealth.
Some studies have show a possible benefit of light-to-moderate drinking,while others have found that heavy drinking boosts the risk of dementia.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines chronic heavy drinking asmore than 60 grammes of pure alcohol — six or more standard drinks — a