In recent years, there have been countless studies to evaluate the effect, whether positive or negative, of moderate alcohol consumption on health, especially on the cardiovascular health. However, the results, far from giving a clear conclusion on these issues, have been contradictory, so it is not yet known whether taking one or two glasses of wine to accompany meals is beneficial for our health. A recent study, on the other hand, concluded that half a glass of wine increases the risk of dementia if consumed on a daily basis.
Researchers at Oxford and Cardiff universities studied the effects of a daily consumption of wine on 13,000 subjects, this one also being the largest study in this direction, so far. The study observed the effects of regular alcohol consumption on the brain.
Subjects who drank more than 175 ml of wine presented lowered brain capacity to function normally just after 4 years of regular alcohol consumption. On the other hand, the study’s authors stated that the risk of dementia may be increased by drinking wine in moderate quantities on a daily basis.
The researchers call for Governmental change regarding the recommended alcohol units
The study’s authors consider the current Government’s recommendation of 14 alcohol units per week is outdated, thus, a change should be done, according to the new findings.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists will hold a press conference on next Wednesday regarding this subject and will present a report about the damages the regular alcohol consumption implies in people of over 60-year-old.
Worldwide, dementia is a fierce killer competing with cancer and heart diseases. In the UK, alone, 61,000 new cases of dementia are registered annually, and dementia has become the leading cause of death.
According to the researchers involved in this new study, 14 alcohol units per week (which is the actual Government recommendation as safe alcohol consumption) is quite unsafe for people since it has been proven that it has been shown that even a half a glass of wine increases the risk of dementia if consumed daily.