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Daily cocktail lowers dementia risk | (UPI) -- Adults over age 65 who have from one to six alcoholic beverages each week have a lower risk of dementia than either seniors who do not drink or those who are heavier drinkers.

The study, found in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows abstainers had odds of dementia that were about twice as high as the odds of moderate drinkers, says lead author Dr. Kenneth Mukamal of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Those who drank 14 or more drinks per week also had a higher risk of dementia than the moderate drinkers.

One theory is alcohol may be protecting against dementia by guarding against the development of cerebral arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.

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