Light to moderate consumption of beer could decrease the risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, new research finds.
The study looked at different types of alcohol intake — beer, wine and spirits — and the link to neuropathological signs of Alzheimer’s.
The study included data from 125 people in Finland who had died suddenly between 35 and 70 years old.
Their brains showed that those who drank light or moderate amounts of beer had less amyloid plaques.
Amyloid plaques are thought to be important in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Consumption of wines or spirits, though, was not linked to the amount of amyloid found in the brain.
This is not the first study to link alcohol intake with a lower risk of dementia.
Here is another study I reported recently:
“One drink a day (or less) for women and 1-2 drinks (or less) for men reduces the risk of developing dementia, a study has found.
It works out to between 8 and 14 drinks per week.
The study is one of the largest — and longest — to look at the connection between alcohol and dementia.
Over 3,000 people aged 75 or over took part in the research, which followed them for over six years.
The study found that those who drank moderately had a 37% reduction in the risk of developing dementia compared with those who did not drink at all.
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
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The study was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (Kok et al., 2016).