Prevent Dementia by Going Teetotal Warn Experts

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Middle aged people should give up alcohol all together if they want to reduce the risk of developing dementia, health watchdogs have said.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) even go as far as suggesting that even drinking alcohol within the safe limits set by the Government can increases the risk of Alzheimer's.

The current Government guidelines saying that women should drink no more than 2-3 units of alcohol per day (one 175ml glass of wine for example) and men no more than 3 units per day without jeopardising their health are now under review.

People should be encourages to 'reduce the amount they drink as much as possible', advises NICE.

"These guidelines are a hugely welcome shift in public health thinking, highlighting the need for a change in mid-life behavior and lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of dementia.

"This advice needs to be extended to encourage those who go on to develop dementia to live well and prevent the condition deteriorating more quickly." Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer's Society told The Telegraph.

A third of all Alzheimer's disease cases can be linked to lifestyle factors, including alcohol consumption.

"It is well known that smoking, too much alcohol, inactivity and being overweight is bad for our health, but many people don't realise that these things can also increase the likelihood of developing dementia and other causes of poor quality of life in older age." Professor John Britton, professor of epidemiology, University of Nottingham and Nice guideline development group chairman said.

"The evidence we looked at suggested that people can prevent these outcomes by making simple changes in life -- stopping smoking, cutting alcohol, being more active and losing weight," he said.