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Warning about middle-aged drinking and dementia

New guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) highlights that people aged 40 to 64 who regularly drink alcohol have an increased risk of dementia. 

While the media has focused on the recommendations about alcohol consumption, the guidance actually considers a range of lifestyle changes.  The five core recommendations are:

  • stop smoking (if you smoke) 
  • be more physically active
  • reduce your alcohol consumption – ideally, stop drinking alcohol completely
  • adopt a healthy diet
  • achieve or maintain a healthy weight