Alcohol COnsumption and the Risk of Dementia

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Alcohol has been considered by many to be a powerful, and sometimes deadly, drug. It is often created during the breakdown process of sugar into ethanol and carbon dioxide during the fermentation of fruits or grain. The consumption of this substance has been restricted by age in most countries, as it has been linked to the harm of the kidneys, brain, and other parts of the human body. Alcohol has been a large presence in the media for centuries, mainly due to its sometimes damaging effects on consumers. However, there are those who believe that consuming alcohol could actually prove to have health benefits as well. A study by Dutch scientists suggests that a low-to-moderate intake of alcohol could actually reduce the risk of dementia in elderly victims from age fifty-five and up. The article that outlines the study, titled Alcohol consumption and risk of dementia: the Rotterdam Study, introduces the experiment as a part of the Rotterdam Study: a prospective, population-based cohort study that sought to investigate factors that led to health problems in the elderly. A prospective take on the study was chosen since the subjects have already been exposed to the causal agent—in this case, alcohol—in their lives prior to the study. They hypothesized that “light-to-moderate alcohol intake was associated with a lower risk of dementia, and aimed to quantify the relation between alcohol consumption and the risk of dementia and subtypes of dementia; specifically, we examined whether
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