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Alcohol May Not Affect Memory over Long Term
Reuters Health via Yahoo ^ | 10-28-02 | Anon

Posted on 10/28/2002 6:00:51 PM PST by Pharmboy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Enjoying a cocktail now and then is not associated with declining mental function over time and may even make women sharper, according to a new report.

"Findings from this...study suggest that long-term social and habitual consumption of alcohol is not associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline in men and may even protect against cognitive decline in women," Constantine G. Lyketsos and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, write.

Nearly 1,500 adults 18 and older were divided into five groups based on their self-reported alcohol consumption at three points during the nearly 12-year study. All completed a test to measure memory and other cognitive skills.

Group 1 was comprised of non-alcohol users. Adults in the second group were dubbed social or infrequent drinkers, and consumed no more than four drinks a day but did not drink daily and drank on fewer than 20 days a month.

The frequent or habitual drinkers in the third group had no more than four drinks a day but reported drinking on at least 20 days a month. Group four was comprised of heavy but infrequent users who had more than four drinks daily on fewer than 20 days, and adults in group 5 drank the same amount on at least 20 days a month.

All groups of adults experienced some decline over the years regardless of how much alcohol they consumed at any time, probably reflecting the inevitable effects of aging. But teetotalers, especially women, experienced greater declines in cognitive ability. Test scores were nearly 1 point lower overall among female nondrinkers compared with women who often drank heavily, for instance.

There was no difference among men, according to the report in a recent issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

It is not clear from the study why drinking would protect women's memories. The researchers suggest potential flaws in the study design, including the "survival bias" in which the least healthy individuals, including those with cognitive problems, die before the end of the study.

SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology 2002;156:747-752.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aging; alcohol; cognition
Some good news. At last.
1 posted on 10/28/2002 6:00:51 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
I knew it! (I think....)
2 posted on 10/28/2002 6:05:32 PM PST by MonroeDNA
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To: Pharmboy
I read this before somewhere. Can't remember where, though. <|:)~
3 posted on 10/28/2002 6:06:39 PM PST by martin_fierro
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To: Pharmboy
Beer not only makes women smarter, but better looking too!
4 posted on 10/28/2002 6:09:31 PM PST by Reeses
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To: Pharmboy
Good post! (But I forget what it was about...)
5 posted on 10/28/2002 6:12:51 PM PST by wayne_shrugged
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To: Pharmboy
Enjoying a cocktail now and then...may even make women sharper...

Back in my younger dating and drinking days--a long time ago--I can tell you for sure that women became sharper the more I drank.

6 posted on 10/28/2002 6:37:01 PM PST by Pushi
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To: Pharmboy
Just got back from the 'fidge with another cold one. Now, what were we talking about?
7 posted on 10/28/2002 6:53:55 PM PST by fuquadukie
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To: RadioAstronomer; longshadow; PatrickHenry
Some good news for a change...and a toast to you gentlemen! :-)
8 posted on 10/28/2002 6:56:02 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Pharmboy
Well. My opinion on this is....uh, er. I'm sorry. What was the topic?
9 posted on 10/28/2002 6:57:03 PM PST by formerDem
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To: Piltdown_Woman
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and I forgot the resh of my groshery lisht.
10 posted on 10/28/2002 6:57:10 PM PST by VadeRetro
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To: VadeRetro
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine

...and THEE...silly. Where's my drink?

11 posted on 10/28/2002 7:01:14 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Piltdown_Woman
Saved you a pull or two on the jug.
12 posted on 10/28/2002 7:06:01 PM PST by VadeRetro
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To: VadeRetro
You really know how to treat a girl. ;-)
13 posted on 10/28/2002 7:08:15 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Reeses

14 posted on 10/28/2002 7:09:43 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: Pharmboy
BAd news, dudes! I've been drinking to forget, now what?
15 posted on 10/28/2002 7:11:43 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: VadeRetro; Piltdown_Woman
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, I forgot the resh of my groshery lisht

Isn't that enough? :-)

16 posted on 10/28/2002 7:58:21 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: RadioAstronomer
Isn't that enough? :-)

Psst! The girl, don't forget the girl!

17 posted on 10/28/2002 8:03:53 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Revolting cat!
You forgot...now you get to go out and do it all again! :-)
18 posted on 10/28/2002 8:05:23 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Piltdown_Woman
Girl? OOOOPS!!!!
19 posted on 10/28/2002 8:06:51 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: RadioAstronomer
LOL, now how in the world can you say you're "detail oriented" ROFL!
20 posted on 10/28/2002 8:09:19 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Pharmboy
I see no problem with alcohol and memory.
21 posted on 10/28/2002 8:10:22 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: Piltdown_Woman
Hmmmmm........ Must be the wine! LOL
22 posted on 10/28/2002 8:10:28 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Pharmboy
I see no problem with alcohol and memory.
23 posted on 10/28/2002 8:10:29 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: Pharmboy
I see no problem with alcohol and memory.
24 posted on 10/28/2002 8:10:37 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: RadioAstronomer
Here, RA...have some fine, All-American, Kentucky bourbon. It will help you forget, I mean, REMEMBER. Hehe!
25 posted on 10/28/2002 8:13:35 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Piltdown_Woman
LOL! If I have enough of that, even mustard and marshmallow sandwiches will start tasting good :-)
26 posted on 10/28/2002 8:15:39 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Pharmboy
What did the article say again?


(actually I'm a near teetotaler - probably accounts for the memory lapse)
27 posted on 10/28/2002 8:17:37 PM PST by SarahW
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To: RadioAstronomer
Well actually I was thinking of something else. Hoo! Too much bourbon...disregard. LOL
28 posted on 10/28/2002 8:18:31 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: Pharmboy
What were you saying?
29 posted on 10/28/2002 8:19:08 PM PST by alphadog
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To: Pharmboy
I remember the first time I got drunk; can't remember the last, though. Somebody once told me that women get prettier about closing time, don't know about sharper-think I'll have a drink and study on it.
30 posted on 10/28/2002 8:26:25 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: Piltdown_Woman
Enjoying a cocktail now and then is not associated with declining mental function over time and may even make women sharper, according to a new report.

Who cares if they're sharper? As long as booze makes them more compliant, it's a useful product.

31 posted on 10/29/2002 4:03:24 AM PST by PatrickHenry
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