A study published in the journal of Neurology has confirmed excessive alcohol consumption in men during midlife is associated with faster cognitive ageing.
The findings are less clear in women but indicate that heavy drinking in men significantly increases cognitive ageing.
Alzheimer’s Society UK, Director of External Affairs, Dr Alison Cook said the research confirms that excessive drinking has a negative effect on the brain.
“We’ve known for some time that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is bad for your brain. This study shows that drinking more than 4 and a half units of alcohol a day makes your brain age faster, which increases your risk of developing dementia. Previous research has also shown that by keeping your heart as healthy as possible, you can also protect your brain, so it’s important to exercise and eat a healthy diet,” Dr Cook said.