Early drinking results in mid-life dementia

The odds of late life severe memory impairment are doubled in middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking, research shows.

While the findings are broadly consistent with previous studies this is the first to examine both cognitive and memory impairment from alcohol abuse earlier in life.

More than 6,500 middle-aged adults were recruited for the UK study. To establish their drinking patterns, they were asked to respond to the CAGE instrument, a validated screening questionnaire which