Journal article

Dementia associated with alcohol and other drug use

GK Hulse, NT Lautenschlager, RJ Tait, OP Almeida

International Psychogeriatrics | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2005

Abstract

The acute use of alcohol and several other licit and illicit drugs can affect mental state and cognitive function. The chronic use of certain drugs may also increase the risk of cognitive impairment and perhaps dementia in later life. This paper focuses on the long-term cognitive consequences of using alcohol, benzodiazepines, tobacco and cannabis. Currently available evidence indicates that mild to moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with increased risk of cognitive decline and may in fact have a protective effect against dementia, although heavy, long-term consumption is likely to have a negative impact on cognitive function. The degree that alcohol-related cognitive impairment ..

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