Study links heavy teen drinking to dementia
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Heavy drinking and drug use in teenage years may boost your chances of developing dementia before the age of 65, Swedish researchers said on Tuesday.
Alcohol abuse emerged as the strongest of nine risk factors that could be traced as far back as adolescence, according to a study of 488,484 Swedish men conscripted for military service between Sept 1969 and Dec 1979 at an average age of 18.
In the 37 years following their conscription, 487 of the men were diagnosed with young-onset dementia (YOD) at a median age of 54 years.
Sixty-eight per cent of the YOD cases identified could be attributed to one or more of the nine factors.