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    Memory Loss in Men Tied to Heavy Midlife Alcohol Consumption

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    A recent study from researchers at University College London in the United Kingdom found that middle aged men who drink heavily are at higher risk for early memory loss.

    A recent study from researchers at University College London in the United Kingdom found that middle aged men who drink heavily are at higher risk for early memory loss.

    Results from the same study found that moderate drinking was healthy for brain activity, but for men that have more than two and half drinks a day, memory loss might be sped up by six years and overall cognitive function declined faster than in women who drank the same amount.

    5 thousand men and 2 thousand women participated as subjects on the study, which took place over a ten year period.

    Severine Sabia, lead author and research associate from the Whitehall II study at University College London wrote: “The present study confirms that moderate alcohol consumption is probably not deleterious for the brain. However, heavy alcohol consumption, even in midlife, might have consequences on cognitive functioning at older ages.”

    But for women, the study found that not drinking actually led to a lower cognitive score over time.

    There have been several studies on the effects of alcohol consumption on both men and women, and the results indicate the negative physical and psychological effects of heavy drinking across the board.