The study used data from the French National Hospital Discharge database (Programme de Médicalisation des Systèmes d’Information) which holds details on all hospital admissions, between 2008-2013. Carole Dufouil, deputy director of ISPED and co-director of the VINTAGE « Vascular and neurological diseases: integrative and genetic epidemiology » team (INSERM Center U1219 Bordeaux population Health, université de Bordeaux) collaborated in this research to this research project.
Alcohol use disorders are a major risk factor for onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia, according to the study. The study shows that among the 57353 cases of early-onset dementia,39% where attributable to alcohol-related brain damage, and 18% of cases had other alcohol use disorders. According to the lead author, Dr Michaël Schwarzinger, Translational Health Economics Network, France “heavy drinking should be recognised as a major risk factor for all types of dementia”.
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