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Problem drinking in middle age doubles risk of memory loss later in life, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4908 (Published 31 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4908
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A history of problem drinking in middle age more than doubles the risk of developing severe memory problems later in life, a new study has found. The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom and was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.1

The paper’s lead author was Elzbieta Kuzma, a research fellow in neuroepidemiology, and the senior author was Iain Lang, senior lecturer in public health.

Researchers looked at the association between a history of alcohol use disorder in middle age and participants’ memory and cognitive function later in life. The study considered 6542 middle aged men and women born from 1931 …

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