Heavy drinking can negatively affect aging, memory

01/16/2014 10:01 AM

01/18/2014 5:53 PM

People should know better, but it never hurts for folks to be reminded that drinking too much can have long-term devastating effects on the brain.

A study published in the journal Neurology, says that middle-age men who’ve been heavy consumers of alcoholic beverages are more likely to see their mental ability slip than those who weren’t heavy drinkers. University College London researchers found that over 10 years, the added mental decline was about two extra years of aging for the ability to reason and about six years for memory, The Associated Press reports.

The study of about 5,000 British civil servants used data from about 20 years. It kept track of the men’s daily intake of alcohol for the decade up to when they were an average age of 56 and then noted the decline in mental ability over the next 10 years.

Men drinking less were not necessarily at risk for accelerated mental decline.

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