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More than two drinks a day could speed memory loss: Study

Published on Jan 16, 2014 5:53 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Men who consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day while in middle age may speed up their memory loss in later life by up to six years, said a study on Wednesday.

However, there were no differences in memory or mental function between non-drinkers and those who drank less than two drinks, or 20g per day, said the findings in the journal Neurology.

For the study, more than 5,000 middle-aged men were interviewed about their drinking habits three times over 10 years.

Then, they underwent memory and other cognitive tests beginning at an average age of 56. These tests were repeated twice over the next 10 years.

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