For middle-aged men, history of heavy drinking can speed mental decline with aging, study says

  • Article by: MALCOLM RITTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 3:25 PM

NEW YORK — Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they've been drinking heavily for years, new research suggests.

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obviousJan. 15, 14 3:50 PM

"The study of about 5,000 British civil servants " ... Really ?? ... Define "drinking heavily" in that group.

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flettpharmJan. 15, 14 4:08 PM

Thank God! I've been trying for years to lower my personal bar to the level of kids coming out of high school.

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flettpharmJan. 15, 14 4:13 PM

If they are pounding 39Oz of Wine or 90Oz of beer every single noght then they have lots bigger problems than just mental decline. That's like drinking 7.5Cans of beer or drinking 1.5Bottles of wine every night. Yikes!

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19jack48Jan. 15, 14 4:53 PM

i are confused . when ? did only 90 ounces of beer become 'heavy' drinking ? a day. p.s. gov. ; i will NEVER drive after even one beer. OK ? ; we are good now ?

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whammobamJan. 15, 14 5:03 PM

If you are drinking that much you got bigger problems than "faster mental decline".

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marlin336Jan. 15, 14 5:08 PM

As someone who drinks too much I can see truth to the study. I would trade the drink for cannabis in a second. Legalize it!

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carlbsJan. 15, 14 5:14 PM

There was another peer reviewed study just released (forgot the source...oh, oh) that looked at the life spans of heavy drinkers, moderate drinkers, and those that didn't drink anything alcoholic. The moderate drinkers lived the longest, followed by the heavy drinkers (!), followed by the tea tollers! And the gap between the drinkers and non was significant.

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littlebootsJan. 15, 14 5:21 PM

But of course alcohol is 100% legal and totally accepted in the USA while marijuana prohibition persists. It's just wrong.

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Minnesoda73Jan. 15, 14 5:28 PM

Maybe mental decline leads to drinking. Anyway, mental acuity in middle-age is overrated.

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mlapnorJan. 15, 14 8:13 PM

As long as I can remember where my beer is I'm good.

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