Research suggests that moderate drinking can help benefit seniors with early Alzheimer’s disease. The study consisted of over 320 seniors from Denmark with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that those who had two to three drinks daily had a 77 percent lower risk of death during the study period.
Researcher Dr. Sine Berntsen said, “The results of our study point towards a potential, positive association of moderate alcohol consumption on mortality in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.”
Participants were followed for three years and caregivers reported to researchers how much alcohol the patient consumed. During the three-year study 53 patients died.
Many of the participants consumed less than one beverage a day, and 17 percent consumed two to three drinks daily. Eight percent didn’t drink at all and four percent drank four or more alcoholic beverages a day.
Even after the researchers accounted for other known factors, which can increase the risk of death, the link still remained: moderate drinking can lower the risk of death.
One explanation for the findings is that moderate drinkers have large social networks, which is a known factor for a longer life expectancy.
The findings were published in BMJ Open.