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Alcohol consumption and brain health

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 06 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2645

Re: Alcohol consumption and brain health

For too long our attitude towards alcohol has been too strongly influenced by wishful thinking and wilful blindness - and now it seems, by past 'fake news' that there exists a J-shaped curve promising health benefits from moderate consumption. Given that most of us can no longer expect disease to end life before the mists of dementia cloud our thoughts, we need to better understand and better publicise the risk of brain injury from lifestyle social drinking. Perhaps something similar to a Fact Box [1], currently produced by AOK for a range of other healthcare concerns, presenting the risks of 'responsible drinking' should be prominently displayed on all barrels, bottles & cans.

1. Gigerenzer G, Kolpatzik K. How new fact boxes are explaining medical risk to millions. BMJ 2017;357:j2460.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 June 2017
Maxime Gibbons
CT2 anaesthetist
Mark W Davies, consultant in anaesthesia & perioperative medicine
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Liverpool L7 8XP