Doctor shares exact age you should drop drinking alcohol to prevent dementia

As people start to age, alcohol has more of a long-term effect on health and wellbeing. One expert has suggested it may be wise to remove alcohol from your diet completely to prevent the development of dementia.

There is evidence to show excessive alcohol consumption increases a person’s risk of developing dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society explains: “Drinking alcohol is linked to reduced volume of the brain’s white matter, which helps to transmit signals between different brain regions.

“This can lead to issues with the way the brain functions. Alcohol consumption above recommended limits (of 14 units per week) over a long period of time may shrink the parts of the brain involved in memory.

“Drinking more than 28 units per week can lead to a sharper decline in thinking skills as people get older.”

Dr Richard Restak has also warned drinking regularly or binge drinking can cause damage to your health.

In his new book How to Prevent Dementia: An Expert’s Guide to Long-Term Brain Health, he describes alcohol as a “direct neurotoxin”.

A neurotoxin is a substance that alters the structure or function of the nervous system.

Because of the damage that alcohol can cause, Dr Restak has revealed an age where you should aim to cut it out of your life for good.

He wrote: “I strongly suggest that if you are 65 years old or older, that you completely and permanently eliminate alcohol from your diet.

“You may be at some peril, and it’s probably best to stop altogether.”

Dr Restak also specified the type of dementia linked to drinking too much – ‘Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome’.

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is caused by the lack of thiamine (vitamin B1), and long-term drinking can result in this. The condition affects short-term memory.

Regardless of your age, Dr Restak also called on people to re-evaluate their relationships with alcohol, especially if you rely on it for mood boosts or for confidence in social situations.

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