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How does alcohol affect Alzheimer's?

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brutune asked...
How does alcohol affect Alzheimer's and memory loss? Dad insists Mom have a glass of wine with me when I come to visit.
 

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Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of...
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Persons who have Alzheimer's disease are more sensitive to effects of alcohol. However, there is not a specific effect of alcohol on memory if people do not abuse alcohol and do not develop vitamin B defficiency. One glass of wine a day may be actually good for your mother because small amounts of alcohol were shown to decrease the risk of heart attack and possibly also a stroke.

 

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An anonymous caregiver answered...

When my dad has an alcoholic beverage, he will have dilusions and hallucinations. So now I keep all of those type of beverages out of the house.

 

 
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