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Excessive Drinking May Affect Memory in Middle Aged Men

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study published in Neurology that has found that drinking habits in middle age may have long term cognitive effects. The study assessed alcohol consumption of 5,054 men and 2,099 women with a mean age of 56 over a 10 year span and also assessed cognitive function through memory and executive function tests. Results showed that men who drank more than 2 1/2 drinks per day “experienced 2.4 more years of overall cognitive decline in the decade that followed” compared to men who drank less than 1 1/2 drinks per day. Additionally, researchers showed that heavy drinking was particularly harmful for memory in these men. Women who drank more than 1 1/2 drinks per day “suffered a speedier decline in their ability to plan, organize and focus, but not in their memory.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in Neurology.