Would warnings over dementia stop you drinking alcohol?

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We wake up to the latest report that middle-aged people should be warned there is “no safe level of alcohol consumption” and advised to cut out drinking to reduce their risk of developing dementia, and become teetotal.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) guidelines for preventing the risks of dementia, suggest drinking alcohol is among several factors which can increase a person’s vulnerability.

The watchdog called on the health service to make clear the dangers of drinking alcohol and “encourage people to reduce the amount they drink as much as possible” in new guidelines on how to protect against the disease. Its report also suggested drinking alcohol regularly had become a social norm which should be “challenged”.

Nice’s guidance also cited studies which showed smoking, a lack of exercise and being overweight could heighten risks.

The warning, aimed at those aged 40 to 64, comes as the Government reviews alcohol guidelines, which the could be published later this year.

In reaching its recommendations, Nice’s Public Health Advisory Committee was told “the overall message should be that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption”.

What are your views? Will you take notice of this advice? Will you change your lifestyle? Do you enjoy a glass of wine? How do you feel about cutting alcohol totally out of your lifestyle?

Would warnings over dementia stop you drinking alcohol?

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widelens
20th Nov 2015
0
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I don't drink that much...according to all these studies and research, everything is/can be bad for you...if I get dementia etc or any serious debilitating disease/illness then I'm off the nearest cliff anyway !! I've always lived as a free spirit and will not be restrained physically or mentally by anyone or anything.
jentie51
9th Nov 2015
1
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I don't drink alcohol as I don't actually like it. My feeling is that too many people, of all ages, in this country drink far too much and would be wise to cut down substantially. Unfortunately, alcohol is a socially acceptable drug and it seems difficult for people to accept the dangers.
AnnHar1
29th Oct 2015
1
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My father had Alzeimers I gave up my job to look after him. I watched him become a shadow of his former self it was the most soul destroying episode of my life whilst I tried to support my mother too and attend to my home, youngest child and a son at UNI !! After my dad died I went back to work but we still had my mum living with us for another 10 years. Then my lovely much older sister also showed signs of dementia but hers was swift and cruel she stopped speaking her hands became twisted, she became wheelchair bound and eventually lost her swallowing ability and died. So !! If I was told that drinking alcohol would take me down the same route I would stop immediately that there was categoric proof !! However I find it very annoying that these things are often bandied around without any proof.
BirdofParadise
29th Oct 2015
0
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There has been an article this week saying that the experts are loathe to come clean to the fact that they now think alcohol helps in the prevention of dementia. I don't believe anything I read about health any more. You just need a sensible attitude and moderation.
I will still eat red meat and will not give up bacon and eggs. I like to think I eat well and sensibly, with a 'little of what I fancy' now and again.
jeanmark
26th Oct 2015
1
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My maternal grandmother and my father never drank alcohol but both suffered from dementia and both died in their late 80's. Jenmoo is right, another study in a few weeks/years will say it's good for you. I was always taught moderation in every thing and it does appear more and more that what ever you eat, drink or do in general will contribute to something relating to health. No doubt sitting down responding to this discussion will be bad for me.....
daydreams
24th Oct 2015
1
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Again this is something that doesn't concern me as I am unable to drink, but I think we should all take note of health warnings, and consider our future, and who will look after us when and if we need care, rather than 'live for today and to hell with tomorrow or the consequences' attitude that so many seem to have.
thefilthycripple
22nd Oct 2015
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I am of the opinion that so many older people are so disillusioned with modern Britain ,being strangers in their own land . Ranking behind asylum seekers /economic refugees in the benefits area .I think that alcohol is the chosen suicide route ! Ps and no recognisable Police force anymore .
Barbara58
22nd Oct 2015
2
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Agree with Dr G. I rarely drink - maybe half a dozen glasses of wine or sherry per year, but I'm incredibly forgetful, feel confused all the time and can't do simple mental arithmatic or puzzles any more. My Doc says I'm fine!
jenmoo
22nd Oct 2015
1
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As many have already said, next week there will be a report showing that alcohol is good for you. Being overweight, smoking and lack of exercise are bad for health, but what is the true effect of stress on people?
Luxburger
22nd Oct 2015
4
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These new reports and studies are wonderful ... but previous and probably post studies are likely to continue to show moderate drinking is not harmful. On all fronts we face contradictory studies and this appears a knee-jerk to one. Publish the raw data, not just the report, so we can do our unbiased evaluation. Dr G Kettle.
annggel
21st Oct 2015
6
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The health advisory clinic need to worry more about the lifestyle and quantity of alcohol that is being drank by the younger generation today than us 40-64 year olds. But then they won't reach 40-64.
BirdofParadise
21st Oct 2015
6
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One week 'they' say something is good for you. A few weeks later it's bad for you. I'm inclined to 'a little of what you fancy does you good' or everything in moderation.
fionaN
21st Oct 2015
4
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Another 'scare' story communicated in headlines which never quantify the results of so called studies. Serious science seems to have been replaced by press releases from vested interest groups. Anecdotally (if that's a word) everyone in my family who got dementia either did not drink or drank very little alcohol. So I intend to enjoy life, a little of what you fancy does you good!
mrscomfyman
21st Oct 2015
8
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My mother has dementia and she hardly ever drank. If you followed all the health advice that we're constantly bombarded with you wouldn't eat or drink anything! Life is short, enjoy it while you can.
Wilf
21st Oct 2015
2
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I do enjoy a few drinks each weeks especially at the weekend. A beer and a couple of glasses of wine on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday. Have done for years. Is it bad for me -maybe. Do I enjoy it -yes. The problem is each month the media comes out with something else that's bad for us. I suspect we need to go back to a cavemans way of life!
Marley444
21st Oct 2015
3
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Yet another warning on disease prevention! I get fed up with all this advice. I believe that everything in moderation and a healthy balanced lifestyle is what is needed. I eat a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, lots of daily walking and a couple of glasses of wine at the weekend and I have no intention of changing my lifestyle. My mother has dementia; no idea if I have a genetic disposition now to getting it. There are so many factors which can contribute to all disease ... omissions from diesel engines, chemicals we use on a day to day basis, on top of diet and exercise. We have to make our own choices and I choose everything in moderation.

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