Moderate alcohol consumption among the elderly will go a long way in reducing the risk of dementia among people over 75 years of age, a new report published in the online issue of Age And Ageing reveals.
Researchers from the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, observed more than 3,000 people over the age of 75 years of which 217 people developed dementia three years later.
According to lead researcher Professor Siegfried Weyerer, those who regularly drank alcohol had a 30 percent lower risk of developing dementia and 40 percent lower risk of Alzheimer's compared to their teetotalling counterparts.
"Overall, these results are similar to several previous studies in the very elderly and suggest that moderate drinking is associated with less dementia, even among individuals aged 75 and older. No significant differences were seen according to the type of alcoholic beverage consumed", Professor Weyerer said.