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Drinking Alcohol in Midlife Associated with Higher Cognitive Scores Later in Life

Comments Off on Drinking Alcohol in Midlife Associated with Higher Cognitive Scores Later in Life 20 May 2013

A 13-year study of middle-aged French adults found that drinking alcohol was associated with higher cognitive function later in life.

Alcohol Consumption, Cognitive Function, Cognitive Performance, Comorbidities, Drinking Alcohol, Midlife, Neuropsychological Tests, Pmid, Sociodemographic

A total of 3,088 adults completed repeated 24-hour dietary records collected in 1994 through 1996. Their congnitive performance was evaluated in 2007-2009 with six neuropsychological tests. Among women, drinkers had significantly highly cognitive scores than did non-drinkers. Among men, those who consumed over three drinks per day had significantly higher scores than those who consumed one to three drinks per day. Only above a consumption level of over eight drinks per day did cognitive scores begin to decline.

These associations remained significant after diet, comorbidities, and sociodemographic factors were controlled or adjusted.


Kesse-Guyot, E. et al. Alcohol consumption in midlife and cognitive performance assessed 13 years loater in the SU.VI.MAX 2 cohortPLos ONE, 2012, 7(12): e52311. PMID 23284983 DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0052311


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