Middle-aged drinking impairs memory
People in their 50s and 60s who drink heavily could suffer memory problems up toe 20 years later, according to a study published in _The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. _
For the study, researchers questioned 6,500 middle-aged U.S. adults about their alcohol consumption. They were asked three questions: Had people annoyed them by criticizing their drinking? Had they ever felt guilty about drinking? Had they ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady nerves or get over a hangover?
Those who answered yes to any of these questions were considered to have a problem with alcohol. Researchers found that these people had a more than double risk of developing severe memory impairment later in life.