A study of over 1 million people conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found that people with alcohol use disorders were more likely to have developed all types of dementia, including early-onset dementia.
The researchers found that chronic heavy drinking was the top risk factor for dementia when compared with other “modifiable” or “preventable” risk factors such as tobacco smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, lower education, depression, and hearing loss. They speculated that heavy drinking has a strong impact because of the links to structural brain changes as well as other full-body impacts such as hypertension and liver damage.
As dementia is seen as a major threat to healthy ageing, the findings from this study provide new evidence to consider in policy development and practice updates. At the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing, delegates will have the pleasure of hearing about the latest research on this topic from global experts on cognitive health and dementia risk reduction.
Learn more about what can be done to curb the risk of dementia from IFA experts.
Prof. Perminder Sachdev Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)
Neuropsychiatry expert revolutionizing our understanding of the ageing brain, apropos of lifestyle choices
Dr. Rory Fisher Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine
Dr Rory Fisher is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Prof. Antony Bayer Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Cardiff University
Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Division of Population Medicine in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University
Dr. Sytse Zuidema Professor of Elderly Care Medicine and Dementia
Prof Sytse Zuidema is Professor of Elderly Care Medicine and Dementia at University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)