Evidence Collected in Long-Term Study Supports Benefit of Moderate Drinking
The study cohort consisted of 1,344 adults, 728 women, and 616 men. Each of the participant’s cognitive health was assessed at baseline. After that, the participant’s cognitive health was re-evaluated at four-year intervals throughout the course of the study.
This research classified cohorts as being moderate, heavy, and excessive drinkers. Researchers involved in the survey defined moderate consumption as one standard drink per day for a woman of any age. Moderate drinking for a man under 65 was defined as two standard drinks per day. A modern alcohol consumption for a man over 65 was defined as one drink per day.
The researchers make clear that the results extrapolated from the study are based exclusively on statistical relationships. Thus, the suggested correlation between moderate alcohol consumption to help ward off dementia in older individuals is not based on a causal link via the findings of the study.
Because the results of the research are based on statistical relationships, the scientists did not recommend that people drink moderate amounts of alcohol to help ward off dementia. The study may result in further research involving the possible correlation between alcohol consumption and dementia.