Middle-aged men who are heavy drinkers lose their memories faster later on, a new study says. The study looked at 5,000 men and 2,000 women over the age of 45. The research subjects told researchers how much they drank and then, ten years later, took tests of their memory and thinking functions.
Men who drank heavily—defined as an average 2.5 drinks or more per day—suffered faster memory loss than men who abstained, quit drinking or had up to two drinks per day. Heavy drinkers saw memory declines nearly six years faster than more moderate or non-drinkers, and saw declines in executive functions (planning, organizing, and regulating behavior) nearly two years faster.
The study did not collect information on binge drinking or make a distinction between the heavy drinkers who drank as many as eight drinks a day on average, and those who only drank 2.5 drinks.
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