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Effects of a History of Heavy Alcohol Consumption on Alzheimer's Disease

  • Jules Rosen (a1), Angela Colantonio (a2), James T. Becker (a3), Oscar L. Lopez (a4), Steven T. Dᴇkosky (a3) and Howard B. Moss (a5)...

Abstract

Neuropsychological and psychiatric evaluations were made of 39 subjects with possible Alzheimer's disease and a history of excessive alcohol consumption (AD + ETOH), who had been abstinent or had drunk minimally for at least three months before evaluation, and 225 patients with probable Alzheimer's disease (PAD) of comparable age, years of education, and baseline global impairment. At baseline, there were no significant differences between the groups in terms of age of onset of dementia, neuropsychological test scores, or current behavioural or psychiatric symptoms. One year later, no differences in rates of decline between 20 abstinent AD + ETOH patients and 88 PAD subjects could be shown. Thus, past heavy alcohol consumption does not appear to modify the presentation of dementia of the Alzheimer's type, nor does it modify progression over a one-year interval.

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Effects of a History of Heavy Alcohol Consumption on Alzheimer's Disease

  • Jules Rosen (a1), Angela Colantonio (a2), James T. Becker (a3), Oscar L. Lopez (a4), Steven T. Dᴇkosky (a3) and Howard B. Moss (a5)...
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