A new study sought to find out how a life of alcohol use may affect cognitive ability. Alcohol use and abuse is quite a widespread problem, and the effects are very serious.
- Approximately 88, 000 Americans die each year from alcohol-related causes.
- Alcohol increases the risk of health outcomes such as liver disease, stroke, cancer and heart disease with a huge burden to society at large.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol increases the risk of dementia and cognitive dysfunction.
- Low to moderate consumption of alcohol provides cardiovascular benefits and leads to cognitive decline and dementia.
The authors conclude that, although current drinking is associated with measurable cognitive impairment, a lifetime history of alcohol dependence is associated with lasting negative consequences for neurocognitive functioning.
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