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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2006 May;27(4):337-53.

Older males, cognitive function, and alcohol consumption.

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The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, Austin, 78701, USA. gmcdougall@mail.nur.utexas.edu

Abstract

We investigated the question, how do older men who drink alcohol differ from those who do not drink on measures of cognitive function, memory, affect, and health? Of the nonprobability sample of male participants (N = 60), 35 (58%) of the males reported some degree of alcohol consumption. Eleven men had one or more drinks per day, 14 had one or more drinks per week, and 9 were occasional drinkers. The drinkers reported significantly less depression, had higher self-reported general health and vitality, and had higher cognitive performance, cognitive flexibility, and verbal memory, and greater knowledge of memory processes.

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16546934
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PMC2535769
DOI:
10.1080/01612840600569609
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