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Problem drinking in midlife doubles the chance of memory problems in later life, says study

Posted on July 30th 2014
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A study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates that middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment in later life.

The study highlights the hitherto largely unknown link between harmful patterns of alcohol consumption and problems with memory later in life – problems which may place people at a high risk of developing dementia.

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School with support from NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).

The research team studied the association between a history of alcohol...

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