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Letters Alcohol and dementia

Media distorts findings of study on alcohol consumption and dementia risk

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 18 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3891
  1. Gabriel L Van Duinen, public health student
  1. Macquarie University, Robert Menzies College, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113, Australia
  1. gabriel.van-duinen{at}

Sabia and colleagues report their interesting, albeit controversial, findings, which indicate that, starting from midlife, moderate drinkers have a reduced risk of developing dementia.1

The public will always be interested in research on health matters that affect a broad segment of society, and this article is no exception. Coverage of its findings in the media has been extensive. Unfortunately, …

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