Healio (9/27, Michael) reported, “The amount of alcohol older adults consume affects their risk for dementia differently depending on whether they have mild cognitive impairment,” research indicated. Included in the study were a “total of 3,021 adults with a median age of 78 years.” The study found that participants “who drank 7.1 to 14 alcoholic drinks per week had a lower risk for dementia compared with those who drank less than one drink per week,” a phenomenon that “occurred in both patients with (HR = 0.93; 95% CI, 0.47-1.84) and without (HR = 0.63; 95% CI, 0.38-1.06) mild cognitive impairment.” But, “in patients with mild cognitive impairment, the risk for dementia increased when they consumed more than 14 drinks each week (HR = 1.72; 95% CI, 0.87-3.4) compared with less than one drink per week.” The findings were published online Sept. 27 in JAMA Network Open. Psychiatric News (9/27) reported, “The association between alcohol intake and cognitive decline was affected by the presence of mild cognitive impairment at the start of the study.” The study authors concluded, “These results suggest that while caring for older adults, physicians should carefully assess the full dimensions of drinking behavior and cognition when providing guidance to patients about alcohol consumption. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)
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