Wine consumption protects against dementia: study

April 13th, 2008 - 3:45 pm ICT by admin  

New York, April 13 (IANS) It has been deemed good for the heart. Now, new research claims that consumption of wine helps protect against dementia. The study, by Swedish researchers at the University of Gothenburg, revisited 1,458 women who were part of a ‘Population Study of Women’ in 1968.

At that time, they had been asked to report how often they drank wine, beer and liquor on a ‘never’ to ‘daily’ scale, ScienceDaily reported.

The researchers knew nothing about how much they drank on each occasion or how correct the estimates were. For each beverage the women reported having drunk more than once a month, they were classified as a consumer of that particular beverage.

Thirty-four years after the first study, 162 women had been diagnosed with dementia. The results show that among those women who reported that they drank wine a considerably lower proportion suffered from dementia, whereas this correlation was not found among those who had reported that they regularly drank beer or liquor.

“The group that had the lowest proportion of dementia were those who had reported that the only alcohol they drank was wine,” said Lauren Lissner, who directed the study.

The researchers, nevertheless, are reluctant to make any recommendations regarding whether a woman should begin to drink wine, continue to drink wine, or increase their consumption.

It’s also important to point out that these findings cannot be generalised for men, who have a different pattern of drinking.

“We have to be very cautious when we interpret these results, since we can’t see in this type of population study what is cause and what is effect,” said Lissner.

“These findings, in combination with the fact that women today drink more wine than 40 years ago, show that it is important to continue to do research on this correlation.

“Other research methods will be needed in order to see what role wine and other alcoholic beverages play in the development of dementia,” said Lissner.

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