Long-Term Alcohol Dependence Affects Cognitive Abilities

beer bottleA 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.

Key takeaways:

  • 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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