While alcohol is one of America’s favorite inebriating substances, it also puts users at a greater risk for dementia, according to a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In the report, researchers said that alcohol was one of the most preventable risk factors in the development of nearly every type of dementia, including early onset. The consensus is that tens of thousands of people every year could be saved from this deadly disease if they could just find a way to curb their booze consumption.
“The findings indicate that heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders are the most important risk factors for dementia, and especially important for those types of dementia which start before age 65, and which lead to premature deaths,” said study co-author Jürgen Rehm. “Alcohol-induced brain damage and dementia are preventable, and known-effective preventive and policy measures can make a dent in premature dementia deaths.”
Interestingly, some studies have shown that marijuana is effective in curbing binge drinking behavior and even alcoholism. There is also data out there that suggests the herb may actually serve as a treatment for dementia patients. Considering that marijuana is now legal in a number of states for medicinal and recreational purposes, it is conceivable that more folks could be protecting themselves from this condition by simply replacing the bulk of their boozy indiscretions with a little cannabis.
Although dementia is often thought to be a specific neurological condition, it is actually a broad term for a variety of symptoms associated with brain disorders. Patients suffering from this progressive (and fatal) brain deterioration are often diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and a list of others. There are 10 million new cases of dementia worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization. The most common form is