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This Habit May Cause Earlier Onset of Alzheimer’s and More Severe Symptoms

There's a safe — and unsafe — way to do it

By | Ashley Lall |

Taking care of our brain health becomes increasingly important as we age. It’s estimated that more than 5 million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s dementia, and that the condition is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. However, there are a number of ways we can help keep our brains functioning optimally — our diet and lifestyle habits can drastically affect our risk of getting Alzheimer’s.

Most recently, a study on binge drinking revealed that consuming too much alcohol could not only cause an early onset of Alzheimer’s, but also lead to more severe symptoms of the disease.

growing body of research is showing that excessive alcohol consumption could increase your risk of Alzheimer’s, as alcohol is toxic to the brain. In the most recent study, a team of scientists from Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in New York have more specifically identified how binge drinking can cause the alteration of a normal brain protein into a neurotoxin that is prevalent in Alzheimer’s disease.

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